OSLO, April 24 Norway should impose regulation
ensuring that owners of mobile telephone networks are able to
fully operate installations domestically, without relying on
staff or technical systems located abroad, the country's
telecoms regulator said on Monday.
Such autonomy in electronic communications is key to helping
authorities protect national security during emergencies, it
added in a proposal to the Ministry of Transport and
"If the necessary resources to ensure key communication
services can't be brought under national legislation and control
in case of an emergency or war, it could have very serious
consequences for the ability to govern," it wrote.
The requirement could take two years to implement and would
be imposed on existing fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone
systems and the data networks they rely on, as well as for
subsequent technologies such as 5G.
Norway currently has two nationwide 4G networks operated by
state-controlled Telenor and Swedish telecom firm Telia
, while Ice.Net is developing a third.
Chief Executive Eivind Helgaker at Ice told Reuters the
company was building its network in accordance with the expected
Telenor said on Twitter it was already meeting all demands,
while Telia told financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv it was
prepared to move some technical systems to Norway.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)