Strategy for spectrum management to maximise societal benefit

25/02/2014

With the vision to 'maximise long-term societal benefit of radio spectrum', has the Swedish National Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) developed a spectrum strategy which is now on consultation with market actors and other interested parties. The strategy shall guide the Authority in spectrum management, to govern spectrum in a way that maximises societal benefit.

The strategy includes eight main principles for PTS' priorities in spectrum management. For example establishing cost-benefit analysis as the basis for PTS' decisions and increasing availability of usable spectrum for demanded spectrum uses. PTS intends to use least restrictive technical conditions in assignment of spectrum usage rights, and also promote this principle in international harmonisation processes, in order to create conditions to enable a greater diversity of spectrum uses. PTS will also promote more efficient use of unused or inefficiently used spectrum by promoting shared use and second-hand trading of usage rights.

To increase efficient spectrum use PTS will use cost-benefit analysis and needs assessment in assignment of spectrum for public services.

– Usage of electronic communication services increase dramatically and access to wireless technology will become more and more important for everyone to take part in the information society. The objective of the spectrum strategy is to make sure that the limited resource of radio spectrum will be enough for the needs of society today and in the future, says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Link to English translation of the Executive summary of the consultation report.

This page will be updated with full translation of the consultation report shortly.

Send comments on the consultation report to joakim.persson@pts.se, no later than 10 March 2014.

For more information:
PTS press service, phone: +46 8 678 55 55
Ylva Mälarstig, acting Head of section Spectrum Department, phone: +46 73 640 58 55