Swedish regulator consults on 3.5GHz, 2.3GHz bands

7 Feb 2019

Sweden’s National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has issued a public consultation on proposed rules for a 5G frequency licence auction in the 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands, which is scheduled for December 2019. Industry stakeholders can submit comments on the proposals until 5 March 2019. The PTS proposes, among other things:

• Allocation of eight 10MHz blocks in the 2.3GHz band and 15 20MHz blocks in the 3.5GHz band

• Licence validity up to 31 December 2044

• A spectrum ceiling in the 3.5GHz band limiting the amount of spectrum that an operator can acquire in the auction at 120MHz (designed to ensure that at least three independent licensees can provide network capacity based on the 3.5GHz band).

Following this consultation, the PTS will compile detailed rules regarding the auction, and intends to issue a public invitation in April.

Furthermore, with regard to the 3.7GHz–3.8GHz band, the PTS says it ‘continues to investigate the issue of local permits’.