PTS’s invitation to auction of the 800 MHz band

13/12/2010

PTS is to assign licences in the 800 MHz band through an auction. The auction is planned to start on 28 February and those interested must apply no later than 31 January 2011.

The 800 MHz band is attractive for many different kinds of service, such as wireless broadband or mobile telephony. The band comprises six licences (2x5 MHz each).

Strong demand for frequencies

The demand for wireless broadband has increased greatly in Sweden in recent years, with a consequential increase in the need for frequencies. The 800 MHz band has good propagation characteristics, which makes it suitable for indoor coverage and for coverage of large areas.

Broadband throughout Sweden

As the frequency band has good propagation characteristics, PTS is imposing a coverage requirement on one of the licences. This coverage requirement will help to achieve the Government’s Broadband Strategy. The operator assigned this licence must roll out coverage so that those permanent homes and businesses without broadband receive this service. This rollout shall take place at a fixed cost set at the auction (at least SEK 150m and at most SEK 300m).

At least three stakeholders can be assigned frequencies

There are currently several mobile operators in the Swedish market, which means that consumers are offered a wide range of affordable services. In order for that to continue in the future, PTS wants to ensure that at least three stakeholders can be assigned frequencies in the band. This will be achieved through a spectrum cap, which means that a stakeholder can purchase no more than 2×10 MHz of the 2×30 MHz assigned.

Any interference to television reception must be remedied

As terrestrial television is broadcast in frequencies up to the 800 MHz band, there is a risk of television reception being affected when use of the band starts. Licence holders in the 800 MHz band must undertake to deal with and remedy any television reception problems that may arise. This applies to problems covered by the definition of television interference contained in the licence conditions.

Apply no later than 31 January 2011

Those wishing to apply to participate in the auction must submit an application to PTS no later than 31 January 2011. It is important that the application is received on time and contains the information required by PTS; see checklist for this.


For more information:
Jonas Wessel, Head of the Spectrum Licensing and Trading Section,
tel. +46 (0)8-678 57 77
or PTS’s Press Office, tel. +46 (0)8-678 55 55
 

Facts:

  • An FDD band plan of in total 2×30 MHz, six licences of 2 x 5 MHz
  • National licences
  • Licences are technology and service-neutral (with certain restrictions)
  • Term of licence: up to and including 31 December 2035
  • Spectrum cap: 2×10 MHz
  • Prohibition against collusion
  • Coverage requirement for one licence (FDD6)