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One 3.5GHz county licence sold out of 13 offered; 2.3GHz auction next autumn

9 Dec 2011

On 8 December 2011 Swedish telecoms regulator the PTS proceeded with an auction offering 13 county-based technology-neutral licences including 2×28MHz of wireless frequencies in the 3.5GHz band. It sold one licence, in the county of Jonkoping, permitting usage of spectrum blocks 3410MHz−3438MHZ (uplink) and 3510MHz−3538MHz (downlink), to the only bidder, SavMAN, for SEK85,000 (USD13,000). The concession is valid until 31 March 2023. 3.5GHz frequencies are typically used for WiMAX wireless broadband services. No applications were received for 3.5GHz licences in the counties of Blekinge, Dalarna, Gotland, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Sodermanland, Uppsala, Varmland, Vasternorrland, Vastra Gotaland, Orebro or Ostergotland.

In other ongoing wireless spectrum proceedings in Sweden, TeleGeography notes that in late-November 2011 the PTS resumed the licence award process for the 2.3GHz band, with an auction scheduled for late autumn 2012. A meeting will be held at the regulator’s headquarters on 19 January 2012 to give interested parties the opportunity to present their views on the allocation of the band.

Earlier that month the PTS suspended an auction for a 15MHz allocation in the 2010MHz band, which had been scheduled for December, pending the outcome of a European Commission consultation on the harmonisation of the band.

Sweden, Post and Telecom Agency (PTS)

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