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Regulator requests opinions on 800MHz auction

30 Sep 2009

Swedish telecoms regulator the Post & Telestyrelsen (PTS) has launched a public consultation on the assignment of the frequency band 790MHz-862MHz. If the demand for spectrum exceeds availability, licences will be assigned through an auction. The PTS proposes that an open invitation to the auction will be published before the summer of 2010, and that the assignment will take place during the autumn of 2010. The watchdog says the 800MHz concessions should be as technology and service neutral as possible, encompassing applications including mobile voice and wireless broadband. The licensing details as proposed by the PTS include the following: overall FDD band plan comprising 2×30MHz; national scope; duration of 15 years; participants may bid for one or several frequency blocks of 2×5MHz; with an individual spectrum cap of 2×20MHz. The 800MHz band is suitable for wide-area coverage in sparsely populated areas. The regulator is considering licence conditions that require winners to provide coverage in areas where residents currently lack basic infrastructure for broadband access. Expressions of interest and views on the proposals are invited with a deadline for submission of 30 October 2009.

Elsewhere, the PTS recently concluded a spectrum auction in the 28GHz band. On 16 September Hi3G Access Sweden, Net4Mobility and TeliaSonera Sweden each won 28GHz licences, valued at a total of SEK900,000 (USD128,000).

Sweden, Telia Sweden, Tre Sweden (Hi3G Access)

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