Swedish 5G auction restarting on 19 January

21 Dec 2020

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has confirmed that the process of frequency assignment in the 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands will resume on 19 January 2021. In November the regulator decided to pause the 5G spectrum licence auction after an Administrative Court in Stockholm upheld Huawei’s appeal against licence conditions which barred winning bidders from using its equipment in their 5G networks. Since the Court of Appeal has now decided that the PTS’ conditions regarding Huawei shall apply pending the judicial review of PTS’ decision, the authority will resume the auction.

The PTS stated that it has been in contact with the participating players and announced that the auction will begin on 19 January, adding that: ‘the frequency allocation in the 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands is crucial for 5G development in Sweden and affects the digitalisation of society. Therefore, PTS holds the auction despite the fact that the conditions must be tried legally.’