PTS issues invitation for wireless broadband-auction

27/06/2007

PTS invites all interested parties to register for an auction this autumn to assign licences in the 3.6-3.8 GHz-band. Last date for registration is September 10, 2007.

PTS plans to assign 1 160 licences in a web-based auction this November. To participate in the auction one has to register and pay a deposit. Last date for registration and payment of deposit is September 10.

There are four licences per Swedish 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 purpose of this assignment is to create opportunities for operators to build broadband networks, to increase supply and competition in the broadband market. The long-term objective is improved access to broadband services for users in Sweden.

Read the Open Invitation (in Swedish, will open in new window)

For more information: Joakim Persson, project manager, phone +46 (0)705-73 75 72

Background

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. PTS decided, in accordance with PTS’ spectrum policy, to auction the licences to the highest bidders.

FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) is a method where communication to and from the base station is separated in different frequency channels.
TDD (Time Division Duplex) is a method where communication to and from the base station is separated in different time slots in the same frequency channel.