PTS about to charge fees in accordance with the Act on measures for deployment of broadband networks

20/11/2017

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) will shortly start to charge operators with fees for dispute resolution and supervision in accordance with the Act (2016:534) on measures for deployment of broadband networks concerning proceedings for the expansion of broadband infrastructure, referred to as the Act (2016:534).

In December, PTS will start charging fees for operators of public communications networks who have been registered with the agency. This is done in accordance with the Act (2016:534) in combination with the recently established regulations on this area (PTSFS 2017:3).

The purpose of the fee is to fund the activities conducted at PTS pursuant to the Act (2016:534), such as dispute resolution and supervision.

Who does this concern?

Obligated to pay the fee are those operators providing access to public communications networks, which are usually provided in exchange of compensation, and which must therefore be registered with PTS.

In practice, this means that a fee will be charged of the operators who, in their application to PTS, have stated that they provide any of the following: radio access network, other type of access network or other communications networks.

The fee is based on the annual revenue of the in the last fiscal year for the business subject to reporting duty. The fee that PTS will send out invoices for in December is thus based on the revenue from 2016. The Act (2016:534) fee will thus be charged in the same manner as the annual fee charged in accordance with the Electronic Communications Act.

More information about fees

Information about which stakeholders are obligated to report their activities before providing access to public communications networks can be found at the PTS website (only in Swedish for the moment).

Background to the Act (2016:534) 

In accordance with the Act (2016:534) on measures for deployment of broadband networks,  anyone wishing to expand a fixed-line or wireless broadband network may utilise the infrastructure of another or coordinate their expansion with others. This is to result in lower broadband expansion costs and contribute to more people gaining access to a high-speed broadband connection. The Act (2016:534) is based on an EU Directive.

The Act (2016:534) entails rights for those expanding the broadband network and obligations for network operators both within and outside of the telecom sector. Network operators that are public bodies or network operators whose construction or engineering projects are completely or partially financed by public funds may have special obligations.

The Act (2016:534) applies to those expanding the broadband network and network operators, which may also include public bodies such as government and municipal agencies and municipal enterprises. 

 

For more information:
- concerning operators providing access to public communications networks, contact  Anders Öhnfeldt, phone +46 (0)73-644 56 56
- about the fee, contact Sofia Norlin, phone +46 (0)70-811 40 49
- PTS’s Press Office, phone: +46 (0)8-678 55 55