Types of ecom providers who need to register

  • Providers which install, operate and give access to electronic communications networks that are used for the provision of public electronic communications services
  • Providers of public telephone services
  • Providers of transmission capacity (leased lines)

Ecom providers who are not within these categories do not have a duty to register.

Regulatory background

The market for electronic communications is open to all providers who wish to enter the market, and permission from the authorities is not required.

You can find guidance and information about your obligations as a provider here.

The types of ecom providers listed above have a duty to register their activities with Nkom, pursuant to Section 1-2 of the Ecom Regulations. For such providers, registration is necessary in order to operate legally. Registration must take place before, or simultaneously with, the commencement of activities.

Providers with no duty to register

Ecom providers who are not within these categories do not have a duty to register. These includes providers of content services, data transfer services where the provider does not install or operate its own physical network and telephony providers, where the service is not or is only partially designed for end-to-end connectivity.

How to notificate

The notification shall state in writing the provider's name, a Norwegian organisation number and current business address, a contact person and any partners in the development and delivery of public telephone service, etc.

For foreign companies, Norwegian-registered Foreign Enterprise numbers (“NUF-numbers”) are also accepted.

Other countries' organization numbers and other registers such as VOEC cannot be used to register the company as a provider.

Contact Nkom for questions

For further questions about whether the company's services are subject to registration, contact Nkom with information about the type of services and what technical solutions the services are based on.

E-mail: firmapost@nkom.no

More information regarding requirements for starting and running a business in Norway can be found here.

Information regarding registering a foreign company in Norway can be found here.

Registration form

Registration with Nkom is done by completing this specified registration form. The registration form can be sent to Nkom at firmapost@nkom.no

List of registered providers

Nkom publishes a list of registered providers.