3’s application for GSM spectrum approved

17 Mar 2009

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has issued a decision approving a joint application from the country’s existing GSM mobile operators – TeliaSonera, Tele2, Telenor and Swefour – and currently 3G-only provider Hi3G Access Sweden (3) for new allocations of frequencies in the 900MHz band. The decision, which confirms an earlier proposal, states that all current 900MHz licences will be renewed, and the entire available 900MHz frequency space will be assigned, which will enable 3 to enter the 2G infrastructure-based market once the PTS approves the transfer of frequencies. Additionally, all operators will be allowed to phase in new mobile broadband technology including UMTS-based platforms in the 900MHz band. The watchdog approved the joint application, made in November 2008, with a supplementary provision concerning coverage requirements to safeguard the current level of satisfactory mobile network coverage. Marianne Treschow, Director-General of the PTS, said the decision ‘ensures continued high coverage for consumers in the mobile telephony market [and] may ultimately also mean that a larger proportion of the Swedish population can gain access to wireless broadband.’

Sweden, Tre Sweden (Hi3G Access)