FAQ about the auction

Inquiries about the auction may be submitted to 1900-1905mhz@pts.se. The questions are grouped under several headings below.

   

Please note that PTS intends to publish all received questions and answers to them on the PTS website, excluding the identity of the party making the inquiry. However, to preserve anonymity, PTS suggests that enterprises who are interested in participating in the auction submit their questions by way of an attorney. Sensitive or confidential information should not be included in questions submitted to PTS.

Latest guestions


4.3.2008 What annual license fee applies to the 1900-1905 MHz band? Is it the samt fee that applies for the UMTS TDD licenses in the 1905-1920 MHz bands?
6.2.2008
What does it mean that the bank guarantee must at least be equivalent to the amount of the bid plus the administrative charge?
30.1.2008
Which enterprises are license holders in the adjacent frequency band 1905-1920 MHz and what license conditions apply for them?
28.1.2008 Which version takes precedence if there are discrepancies between the Swedish and English versions of the documents (the Regulations, the Open Invitation and other documents)?
28.1.2008 Can the license be sublicensed? Meaning that if one entity owns the spectrum license, can that entity sub-license the spectrum to a 3rd party that would build the infrastructure and provide the service.
28.1.2008 Are the spectrum licenses transferable to 3rd parties after the auction?
28.1.2008 Are there deployment obligations imposed to the spectrum licensees?
25.1.2008 Can the bank be a branch or a subsidiary located in an EEA country but belonging to, e.g., a US based bank?
25.1.2008 Is there a requirement that applicants must be established in Sweden or the EU?
25.1.2008 Must the institution issuing the bank guarantee be a bank?
17.1.2008 Why are bids and bank guarantees to be submitted in a sealed envelope that, in turn, has been put in a sealed envelope that also contains the application?
17.1.2008 Will applicants receive a receipt for applications received by PTS?
17.1.2008 On what basis have the technical license conditions been developed?
17.1.2008 What is required to participate in the auction?


Licence and license conditions


4.3.2008
What annual license fee applies to the 1900-1905 MHz band? Is it the samt fee that applies for the UMTS TDD licenses in the 1905-1920 MHz bands?

Pursuant to PTS Regulations (PTSFS 2007:8) on fees, the annual fee is calculated as a certain amount for each base station transmitter. The annual license fees to be paid are currently set in the same manner for the whole frequency band 1900-1905 MHz. PTS is currently reviewing the model for charging spectrum fees and may adopt regulations to the effect that for example fees are calculated based on the amount of spectrum of the licence instead of the number of base station transmitters. Such regulations may enter into force in 2008 at the earliest and fees would then be payable under the new model starting from 2009 at the earliest.

30.1.2008
Which enterprises are license holders in the adjacent frequency band 1905-1920 MHz and what license conditions apply for them?

The license holders are Svenska UMTS Licens AB (Tele2/TeliaSonera joint venture, 1905-1910MHz), Hi3G Access AB (1910-1915 MHz) and Telenor Sverige AB (1915-1920 MHz). The conditions (only in Swedish) for all these licenses prescribe the use of UMTS TDD technology.

28.1.2008
Can the license be sublicensed? Meaning that if one entity owns the spectrum license, can that entity sub-license the spectrum to a 3rd party that would build the infrastructure and provide the service.

PTS' current interpretation of the legislation in place is that subletting of spectrum licenses as such is not allowed. However, it is perfectly possible for a license holder to subcontract the actual infrastructure rollout, network operation, and provision of end-user services to one or several third parties.
There has recently been set up a government committee for a review of spectrum-related legislation in Sweden. Within its remit are proposals for amended legislation so as to explicitly allow for the subletting of spectrum licenses.

28.1.2008
Are there deployment obligations imposed to the spectrum licensees?

There are no deployment and roll-out obligations in the license conditions.

28.1.2008
Are the spectrum licenses transferable to 3rd parties after the auction?

The spectrum licenses are transferable in accordance with Chapter 3, Section 23, of the Electronic Communications Act. A transfer must be approved by PTS.

17.1.2008
On what basis have the technical license conditions been developed?

The spectrum masks in the draft technical license conditions on the basis of ETSI standards Harmonized EN for IMT-2000, CDMA TDD (UTRA TDD) ETSI EN 301 908-7 v3.2.1 and ETSI EN 301 908-6 v3.2.1.

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Application


25.1.2008
Is there a requirement that applicants must be established in Sweden or the EU?

There are no restrictions on the nationality of applicants. The requirements for the application are stated in the Regulations and the open invitation.

17.1.2008
What is required to participate in the auction?
Applicants must submit an application, a bid, and a bank guarantee that fulfils all requirements of the Regulations and the Open invitation. The last date for application is 10 March 2008. The table indicates the items to be submitted to PTS.

  

17.1.2008
Will applicants receive a receipt for applications received by PTS?
PTS will not send a receipt when the applications are received, since the applications will be opened only on 11 March 2008, the day after the last date for application. PTS recommends that the application be sent to PTS as a registered letter or delivered to PTS by courier (please make an appointment in advance with project manager Sally Ibrahim, +46 (0)8 678 55 00) to make certain that the application is submitted in due time.

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Bid and bank guarantee

6.2.2008
What does it mean that the bank guarantee must at least be equivalent to the amount of the bid plus the administrative charge?
The amount of the bank guarantee may be greater than the amount of the bid plus the administrative charge. However, the amount of the bid is considered the bid that the applicant has placed in the auction. If the amount of the bank guarantee is less than the amount of the bid plus the administrative charge, the applicant's bid cannot be the winning bid in the auction.

25.1.2008
Can the bank be a branch or a subsidiary located in an EEA country but belonging to, e.g., a US based bank?

Yes, if the bank's branch or subsidiary is established in an EEA country and is registered by and under the regulatory supervision of that country's regulatory authority for banks.

25.1.2008
Must the institution issuing the bank guarantee be a bank?

Yes, it must be a bank. The bank guarantee must be issued by a bank in a country that is a member of the EEA (European Economic Area) Agreement.

17.1.2008
Why are bids and bank guarantees to be submitted in a sealed envelope that, in turn, has been put in a sealed envelope that also contains the application?

The last date for application is 10 March 2008 and PTS will open the outer sealed envelope on 11 March. The application form and accompanying documents shall therefore be put in the outer sealed envelope. The inner sealed envelope will not be opened on 11 March.

Bidders whose applications fulfil all the requirements of the Regulations and the Open invitation will be summoned to the opening of bids. Only at the opening of bids, scheduled for 18 March 2008, will the inner sealed envelope containg the bid and the bank guarantee be opened.

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Auction


Payment and assignment of the license


Overall information

28.1.2008
Which version takes precedence if there are discrepancies between the Swedish and English versions of the documents (the Regulations, the Open Invitation and other documents)?

The Swedish version takes precedence. The English translations are provided as a service and for information only.

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