Sweden considers combined 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz licensing process

9 Jul 2020

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has opened a consultation to review the possible co-ordination of licensing in the 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands. At the moment, 2.6GHz licences used for 4G services are due for renewal at the end of 2023, while 2.1GHz concessions for 3G expire at the end of 2025. The regulator has put three options on the table: extend existing 2.6GHz licences for two years to end-2025, after a new law on electronic communications has been adopted and entered into force; bring the renewal of 2.1GHz permits forward to end-2023; or stick with the current staggered timetable. PTS says that a co-ordinated allocation could result in more efficient frequency use and, ultimately, lower costs for operators and thus a higher rate of expansion. Interested parties have until 1 September to submit their responses.