Efficient utilisation of resources
Some of the resources that are required to conduct operations within the electronic communications sector are limited.
One example is radio spectrum, which represents a precondition for offering services such as mobile telephony, broadcasting and television and satellite services. The radio spectrum is limited by physical laws, international agreements and the national regulatory system.
Another limited resource is the number of telephone numbers. Here, international agreements and structures impose limits.
These resources must be regulated in order to ensure that they are managed as efficiently as possible and provide the greatest possible benefit for users. One issue is the shutdown of the analogue television network and transfer to digital television, which is very important for the efficient utilisation of resources in the spectrum area. This transfer involves the release of substantial spectrum resources, which can consequently be used for other communications.
Licences and numbers
PTS allocates radio spectrum and telephone numbers between different service suppliers and areas of use and is responsible for the Swedish frequency and numbering plans. Anybody who wishes to use a radio transmitter, for example in vessels or aircraft or for a radio link, can apply to PTS for a licence.
PTS works with following up that those who have a radio licence comply with the rules that accompany the licence.
Another function of PTS is to monitor that all radio and telecommunications equipment that is sold in Sweden satisfies the requirements imposed according to the R&TTE Directive established by the EU.
PTS also investigates radio interference and cases of prohibited radio use.