Sweden announces November 5G auction

20 Apr 2020

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has announced plans for the sale of 5G-capable spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands. The auction is due to start on 10 November 2020, with applications invited until 30 June.

Up to 15 nationwide licences will be sold in the 3.5GHz band (3400MHz-3720MHz), incorporating a maximum 320MHz of frequencies (one licence will include 40MHz of spectrum while the rest will offer 20MHz). The minimum bid for 3.5GHz frequencies is SEK100 million (USD10 million) per lot (SEK1.5 billion in total).

Up to 80MHz will be on offer in the 2.3GHz range, split into eight nationwide concessions, with a reserve price of SEK20 million per licence (SEK160 million in total).

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Sweden is home to four main mobile network operators, Telia, Tele2, Telenor and Tre, plus minor player Net1.