Sweden delays 5G auctions

19 Nov 2019

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) says it will not allocate 5G-capable frequencies in the 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands during the first quarter of 2020, as previously announced. The regulator says it is postponing the licensing due to work being carried out to update the country’s Electronic Communications Act (LEK), the latest version of which is due to enter force on 1 January 2020. The changes to the LEK will affect matters such as national security in connection with telecoms networks, and the PTS says it is now discussing the issues with the police and armed forces. It says licensing is now expected to take place later in 2020.

Under previously announced proposals, the regulator is looking to offer up to 15 national blocks of at least 20MHz in the 3400MHz-3720MHz range, plus up to eight nationwide licences at 2.3GHz, offering at least 10MHz of spectrum each. The PTS also plans to reserve 80MHz of frequencies between 3720MHz and 3800MHz for local and regional licences. The auction rules will enable three operators to acquire at least 80MHz of spectrum each in the 3.5GHz band, which the PTS says will encourage competition.