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Sweden kicks off new spectrum public sale

PTS plans to award spectrum within the 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz and a couple of.6 GHz bands

The Swedish Publish and Telecom Authority (PTS) has formally launched a spectrum public sale to award frequencies within the 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz and a couple of.6 GHz bands.

The public sale, which began on September 19, is predicted to last as long as ten working days, PTS mentioned.

The regulator additionally mentioned it is not going to inform about accredited bidders earlier than the public sale has concluded.

“The project goals at an environment friendly and safe use of frequencies that contributes to the continued digitalization of Sweden,” the regulator mentioned.

“PTS shall assign nationwide block licenses within the 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz and a couple of.6 GHz bands. The licenses shall be assigned properly prematurely earlier than the present licenses expire. The aim of the project is to allow continued digitalization and know-how improvement, to contribute to the mobility goal of the Authorities´s broadband technique by deploying new masts alongside roads and railways and in different areas,” PTS added.

PTS famous that the demand for accessible frequency vary within the 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz and a couple of.6 GHz frequency bands exceeds the availability. The regulator mentioned that it determined to restrict the variety of licenses to ensure efficient use of the frequency vary.

“As regards the dimensions of the frequency blocks, it has been assessed that the frequency blocks shall comprise 2×5 MHz for FDD use and 1×10 MHz for TDD use within the related frequency bands. For the license within the 900 MHz band to which obligations on protection and deployment shall be mixed, the evaluation is that this block ought to comprise 2×10 MHz. A number of frequency blocks of the frequency bands 2.1 GHz and a couple of,6 GHz could also be mixed with obligations on protection and deployment,” PTS beforehand mentioned.

The regulator had beforehand famous that the variety of licenses is restricted to a most of six licenses within the 900 MHz band, a most of 12 licenses within the 2.1 GHz band and a most of 18 licenses within the 2.6 GHz band. A license can include a couple of frequency block, PTS mentioned.

In January 2021, PTS had accomplished a 5G spectrum public sale by which it awarded frequencies to the nation’s primary operators.

At the moment, PTS famous all 320 megahertz at 3.5 GHz was assigned, with Telia securing 120 megahertz for SEK760.2 million ($68.7 million); Net4Mobility (a joint initiative by Tele2 and Telenor’s native items) 100 megahertz for SEK665.5 million; and Hi3G 100 megahertz for SEK491.2 million.

In the meantime, Teracom Group took all 80 megahertz on supply within the 2.3GHz band for a complete of SEK400 million.

The licenses for the three.5 GHz band are legitimate for 25 years.

Telia, Tele2, Telenor and Tre are the principle cellular operators in Sweden.



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