More frequencies for civilian use

07/12/2010

PTS’s new assignment decision reduces the amount of frequency space for the Swedish Armed Forces by just over 6 000 MHz compared with previously. This means more frequencies for civilian use.

The Swedish Armed Forces have broad frequency ranges at their disposal. The Swedish Government has laid down in its Broadband Strategy for Sweden that it is important for these frequency spaces to be used in a socioeconomically efficient way.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) is the authority that makes decisions on frequency use by the Swedish Armed Forces, in the same way as for other radio use, in dialogue with the Swedish Armed Forces. During the autumn, PTS conducted a review to release frequency ranges that were not being used and that would not be used by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Large quantity of frequencies released

PTS has made a new decision today regarding the frequency assignment for the Swedish Armed Forces. This decision means that the Swedish Armed Forces will have 9 800 MHz at their disposal. This is a reduction is frequency space of just over 6 000 MHz compared with the previous decision made in 2008.

The reasons for this reduction are that frequency bands have become available for civilian use and that the bands for military use have reduced in scope. Unused frequency bands have also been removed from the decision.

The reduction in frequency space for the Swedish Armed Forces means that civilian users gain access to significantly more frequency space, for example for radio links, mobile telephony, wireless broadband and use that is exempt from a licence obligation. This space can thus be used more efficiently.

Civilian and military use share frequencies

PTS and the Swedish Armed Forces have come to an agreement regarding the bands in which, and the conditions under which, civilian and military use can share frequency space. For instance, civilian mobile video links now have almost 140 MHz more frequency space through this agreement. No frequency bands in the decision are being used solely for military purposes; all frequencies are shared between civilian and military use.

Furthermore, this is the first time that the decision contains a general condition providing that PTS can allow other use in military bands with dynamic spectrum access (DSA). DSA means that a radio user is allowed to use another licence holder’s frequency band, provided that this use does not give rise to detectable interference for the licence holders. PTS will produce conditions for this kind of sharing when equipment with DSA technology is available on the market.

Read more about the decision (only in Swedish)

For more information, please contact:
Ulf Johansson, acting head of Frequency Department, tel. 070-811 40 73