Sweden 5G auction completed on first day

20 Jan 2021

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) completed its auction of 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz 5G spectrum after four rounds of bidding on a single day, with all five incumbent cellcos securing licences. Telia Sweden, Hi3G Access (Tre Sweden) and Net4Mobility (the network sharing venture of Tele2 Sweden and Telenor Sweden) won spectrum in the 3.5GHz range, while 4G-only operator Teracom was the sole bidder for 2.3GHz frequencies. The sale raised a total of SEK2.32 billion (USD273.7 million) for the Treasury.

The full allocations are as follows:

• Tre Sweden: paid SEK491.25 million for 100MHz of spectrum between 3400MHz-3500MHz

• Net4Mobility: paid SEK665.5 million for 100MHz of spectrum between 3620MHz-3720MHz

• Telia Sweden: paid SEK760.25 million for 120MHz of spectrum between 3500MHz-3620MHz

• Teracom: paid SEK400.0 million for 80MHz of spectrum between 2300MHz-2380MHz.

Separately, Net4Mobility partners Tele2 and Telenor have selected Ericsson and Nokia to deploy their nationwide 5G radio access network. Tele2 had previously named Nokia as its core network vendor for Sweden and the Baltics.