Incumbents approved for Swedish 5G auction, Huawei and ZTE excluded as suppliers

20 Oct 2020

Four applicants have been approved to participate in Sweden’s upcoming 5G spectrum auctions for 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies. Hi3G Access (Tre), Net4Mobility (Tele2 and Telenor), Telia Sweden and Teracom (Net1) are cleared to bid in the sale process which begins on 10 November. All of the approved firms currently operate mobile networks in Sweden.

As previously announced, 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).

Meanwhile, the Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has stipulated that equipment from Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE must not be used in the construction of 5G networks due to national security concerns.