NORID – the country-code top-level domain '.no' registry – is preparing a major spring clean of its database to delete domain names registered to companies that no longer exist. Domain name holders that are no longer registered in the Register of Legal Entities will receive notification that their domain names will be deleted and will be advised to contact their registrars to transfer the relevant domain names to an eligible holder.
The Supreme Court has issued its verdict in a case against the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) concerning the broadcast of a nudity scene from the film Brent av frost. As well as finding that it was doubtful whether NRK had acted in line with good practice, the court defined the limits between freedom of speech, copyright law and the right to quote from a published work.
The Supreme Court has upheld a claim filed by The Arctic Challenge and its main owner Terje Haakonsen against Tromsø 2018 AS for its use of a photograph of snowboarder Andy Finch in connection with Tromsø 2018's application to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Tromsø 2018 must now pay Nkr80,000 in compensation and full costs of Nkr890,000.
Minister of Cultural Affairs Trond Giske has announced that Norway has acceded to the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. Norwegian producers now have access to other member countries' support systems and the convention will open up a much larger labour market for Norwegian film workers at all levels.
In an attempt to boost the Norwegian film industry, the government has introduced a scheme in which a percentage of film production costs incurred in Norway are rebated. It also plans to join the European Convention on Cinematographic and Television Co-production once the rebate scheme is in operation.
The PS2000 standard contract for software development has been drafted to cater for today's development projects - that is, iterative processes based on an integrated cooperation between the vendor and the customer, focusing more on processes than on predefined deliverables. PS2000 has been in use since 2000; the majority of its users consider this model as an alternative to more traditional approaches.
After carrying out a new analysis of Market 16 and considering the comments submitted by operators, the Post and Telecommunications Authority has recently published a new decision on Market 16. The authority identified Telenor ASA, Netcom AS, Tele2, TDC Song and MTU as operators with significant market power, and notified the obligations that it would impose on them.
In its decision on Market 9 - the market for call termination on the fixed public telephone network - the Post and Telecommunications Authority required providers with significant market power in this market to implement termination charges based on Telenor's prices. In a subsequent draft decision the authority found that Telio had failed to justify the need to charge higher termination prices.
The Post and Telecommunications Authority has recently notified its decision on Market 18. The authority decided to divide the market into five markets based on their technical platform and service level. Because none of the markets met all the conditions for ex ante regulation, the authority did not assess whether any operators have significant market power in any of the markets.
On April 21 2006 the Post and Telecommunications Authority issued a decision concluding that Telenor had significant market power in Markets 1 to 6 and imposing regulatory obligations on Telenor. Tele2 has now appealed the decision, claiming that, following the decision, it will no longer be able to compete with Telenor in the traditional telephony market.
Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Act, the Post and Telecommunications Authority has identified Telenor ASA as an operator with significant market power in Markets 1 to 6 (retail markets for fixed telephony) and notified the obligations that it would impose on it. The authority has presented a draft decision to the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority and is awaiting its comments.
Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Act, the Post and Telecommunications Authority has identified Telenor Mobil as an operator with significant market power in Market 15 and notified the obligations that it would impose on it. The authority has presented a draft decision to the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority and is awaiting its comments.
Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Act, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has identified Telenor ASA, Netcom AS, Teletopia AS and Tele2Norge AS as operators with significant market power in Market 16. In its final decision dated September 19 2005 the authority notified the obligations that it would impose on these operators.
On July 1 2005 the Post and Telecommunications Authority issued proposed decisions on the use of regulatory measures in the local loop unbundling and wholesale broadband access markets. Telenor ASA was identified as an operator with significant market power in both markets. In its decisions, the authority notified the obligations that it intends to impose on Telenor in each market.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has published a policy paper presenting its views on how Voice over Internet Protocol services are regulated under Norwegian law. The paper indicates that the authority would consider granting temporary exemptions from some regulatory obligations imposed on internet telephony providers.
After analyzing the market for voice call termination on individual mobile networks, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has announced its aim to promote the most efficient use of the existing infrastructure, and to allow for sufficient profit from the existing infrastructure to create an incentive to carry out the necessary upgrading and new investment in the network.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has backed an appeal by Telenor that allowed it to bid in the auction for the use of spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz band. Telenor was permitted to bid on up to six blocks of 3.5 megahertz bandwidth in each region, while other bidders could bid on 25. In June 2004 Nordisk Mobiltelefon was awarded the licence for use of spectrum in the 450 megahertz band.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority recently published its analysis of the fixed-line interconnection markets. The analysis aims to identify any providers with significant market power in these markets, which will provide the foundation for maintaining or removing sector-specific regulations that currently follow from Norwegian telecommunications legislation.
Including: Framework Objectives and Principles; Framework Provisions.
The Electronic Communications Act has significantly modified the scope of the Post and Telecommunications Authority's regulation of electronic communication markets. The most important change is that the authority must conduct market analysis in order to identify providers with significant market power in the various relevant markets.