Regulator updating Net 1 licence for LTE evolution

6 May 2015

Swedish telecoms regulator Post & Telestyrelsen (PTS) has issued new technical conditions for CDMA-based mobile broadband operator Net 1’s 450MHz operating licence, which will allow the company to implement its planned migration to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Comments on the action will be accepted until 1 June 2015. Net 1 has a nationwide licence in the 462.5MHz-467.5MHz/452.5MHz-457.5MHz band, and in March 2015 it applied for changes to the technical licensing conditions to allow the usage of access technologies other than CDMA. PTS found that the existing CDMA-specific licence does not meet the requirements of Sweden’s Electronic Communications legislation as amended in June 2011 under European Parliament and Council Directive 2009/140/EC, meaning that the CDMA licence conditions are non-applicable from 26 May 2016. PTS has therefore amended the licence conditions to allow for technology-neutral usage of the 450MHz spectrum.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Net 1’s parent group is rolling out a 450MHz Time Division (TD)-LTE network across Norway, Denmark and Sweden to replace the existing EV-DO-based sister networks (Net 1/Ice) spanning the three countries.