The PTS spectrum auction in the 2.6 GHz band has been concluded – total amount SEK 2.1 billions

08/05/2008

The PTS spectrum auction in the 2.6 GHz band has been concluded. Five bidders have won licenses for the total amount of SEK 2,099,450,000. 

PTS’ second spectrum auction over the Internet, that comprised 190 MHz (14 FDD and 1 TDD frequency blocks), has now been concluded after 16 days of bidding and 112 bidding rounds. The total amount for all assigned licenses is SEK 2,099,450,000 (approximately EUR 226 millions). The money will go to the treasury. Also, winning bidders are to pay an administrative charge to PTS of SEK 25,000 per MHz.

PTS has today announced a decision on the assignment of licenses to the winning bidders. The term of the licenses is 15 years.

Five bidders have participated in the auction. They have won licenses as follows:

Bidder

Bandwidth MHz

Auction proceeds SEK

HI3G Access AB

2x10 MHz FDD

296,600,000

Intel Capital Corporation

50 MHz TDD

159,250,000

Tele2 Sverige AB

2x20 MHz FDD

548,100,000

Telenor Sverige AB

2x20 MHz FDD

533,050,000

TeliaSonera Mobile Networks AB

2x20 MHz FDD

562,450,000


The licenses in the 2.6 GHz band are technology and service neutral and may be used for, e.g., mobile telephony or wireless broadband.

Dr Marianne Treschow, Director General of PTS:
- The use of mobile broadband services has increased dramatically during the last few years. By making the frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band available to market players, PTS provides opportunities for end-users to gain access to high capacity mobile communications services. The licenses are technology and service neutral, thus opening up for both further development of current wireless broadband networks and new networks with new technologies.

- The auction proceeds of SEK 2.1 billions proves that the frequencies are attractive and that radio spectrum has great value on today’s market.

Decision on the assignment of licenses

Results

Further inquiries:
Dr Marianne Treschow, Director General, via PTS Press Service, +46 8 678 55 55

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) monitors the electronic communications and postal sectors in Sweden. The term ‘electronic communications’ includes telephony, the Internet and radio. The Agency works with consumer and competition issues, efficient utilisation of resources and secure communications. Read more at www.pts.se.