BWA Licenses (3.6-3.8 GHz)

PTS will assign licences for broadband wireless access in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. An auction will be held in October or November 2007.

Assignment by PTS will enable operators to set up broadband networks, which can increase competition in the broadband sector. The long-term aim is to provide more consumers with access to broadband services.

Applications will be reviewed

11.9.2007
September 10 was the last day to submit an application for the auction. The applications will now be reviewed to make sure that they are complete. PTS will decide which applications that will be approved on September 20 (preliminary date). A decision will be sent to all applicants. No later than October 1 PTS will publish the names of the approved applicants on the PTS website.

PTS invites interested parties to register for the auction

28.6.2007
PTS invites all interested parties to register for the auction this November to assign licences in the 3.6-3.8 GHz-band. Last date for registration and payment of the deposit is September 10, 2007.
Read the Open Invitation (in Swedish, will open in new window)

Regulations

11.5.2007 
On April 26, the board of PTS decided on the regulations for licences to use radio transmitters in the 3.6-3.8 GHz-band. The regulations are in force from May 15, 2007.
The Regulations (PDF in Swedish, will open in new window)

Regulations being circulated for consultation

The procedure for this auction will be subject to regulations issued by PTS. Proposed regulations have been published on PTS’s website:

More applications than the number of available licences will lead to an auction

In June 2006, PTS issued an invitation to accept applications for municipality-based licences. When the application period expired in August 2006, the number of applications exceeded the number of licences available in all municipalities. Consequently, no licences could be assigned immediately.

According to PTS policy, when there is competition for such licences, an auction is the primary method to be employed. In this case, due to the large number of licences, an auction is the most expedient method for assignment. An auction also provides market stakeholders with an opportunity to conduct their own valuations of the licences in question.

An auction requires preparations (see time schedule), for which reason the auction for the licences in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band is scheduled for October or November 2007.

Information about the type of auction

The type of auction will be an SMRA (Simultaneous Multi-Round Auction), which shall be held through rounds of sealed bids submitted over the Internet. Before each round, the bidders will be informed of the standing high bid for the licence they are interested in and can then decide if they wish to submit a higher bid. The bidder with the standing high bid will not need to raise it. The auction continues with new rounds as long as bids are raised.

Further details about auction procedures are presented in proposals for regulations and open invitation.

Information about the licences

This frequency space is sufficient for four licences per municipality; two FDD licences of 2x20 MHz each and two TDD licences of 40 MHz each. These licences are technology and service-neutral and do not contain any rollout obligations. The licence period is 15 years. A bidder can purchase a maximum of one licence in each municipality.

Preliminary time schedule

PTS has drafted a regulation for the assignment procedure. The Board of PTS made a decision on the regulation in April. The open invitation was issued in June. Last date for registration and payment of the deposit is September 10. The auction will start November 12 and should take 1-2 weeks.

Information on PTS's website

Additional information will be published here on a regular basis, www.pts.se/bwa-auction

BWA news will be presented as such under the "Spectrum" heading on the website, or as press releases. It is possible to subscribe to the latest news and press releases from PTS through the website. Due to limited resources PTS will not be able to translate all information to English. For complete information please visit PTS’s Swedish website.

For questions please use bwa@pts.se