PTS would like to hear views on the proposed assignment of the 800 MHz band

07/09/2010

PTS is requesting views from the market regarding the way in which PTS proposes to assign the 800 MHz band. Responses shall be submitted no later than 5 October.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) plans to assign licences in the 800 MHz band through an auction during the first quarter of 2011. PTS has been active in the international work to advance harmonisation and standardisation.

Strong demand for frequencies

Demand for wireless broadband has increased dramatically in Sweden in recent years, with a consequential increase in the need for frequencies. The 800 MHz band is located quite low in the spectrum and has good propagation characteristics, which makes it well suited for indoor coverage and for covering large areas. The band is attractive for many different kinds of service, such as wireless broadband or mobile telephony.

Broadband throughout Sweden

As the frequencies in the 800 MHz band have good propagation characteristics, PTS wants to impose a coverage requirement on one of the frequency blocks in the band to help to achieve the Government’s Broadband Strategy. The operator assigned the ‘coverage requirement block’ shall roll out infrastructure over a period of several years to provide broadband to those permanent homes and businesses that currently lack 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 done by imposing a spectrum cap (a stakeholder may purchase no more than 2x10 MHz).

No interference to terrestrial television permitted

The Swedish Government decided in 2007 that the band would be used for services other than terrestrial television. However, there is a risk that terrestrial television (which is broadcast in frequencies close to the 800 MHz band) will be affected.

Licence holders in the band must not cause interference to terrestrial television. It may be very difficult to determine where interference will arise during rollout, the licence holders must therefore undertake to deal with and remedy the television interference that may arise.

PTS has asked for views from the market on several occasions over the past year and now presents its proposal for how the assignment will proceed. Views on this shall be submitted to PTS no later 5 October 2010.

PTS is planing to publish the open invitation before the end of this year and start the auction during February/Mars 2011.

 

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


Read the proposals and impact assessment

Facts:

  • Licences are technology and service-neutral
  • An FDD band plan of in total 2x30 MHz, six licences of 2x5 MHz
  • National licences
  • Term of licence: 25 years
  • Spectrum cap: 2x10 MHz 
  • Provision on closely related parties
  • One licence has a coverage requirement