PTS opens up for large-scale 5G tests in Sweden

03/02/2017

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) launches an investigation into the market's interest in licenses to conduct 5G tests in two frequency bands already in 2017. A favourable and enabling environment for 5G-development can contribute to strengthen Sweden's position as a leading IT nation.

Sweden has the potential to become one of the first countries in Europe where extensive 5G networks are deployed. In order to promote a positive development, PTS wants to offer stakeholders the opportunity to test 5G technologies in large-scale, already in 2017.

During 2017 PTS intends to make available 100 to 200 MHz in the 3.4–3.6 GHz band and up to 1 000 MHz in the 26 GHz band for 5G tests. These bands are, together with the 700 MHz band, identified as initial pioneer bands for 5G deployment in Europe.

From 2020 PTS intends to assign those frequencies for long-term use which would allow for large-scale commercial 5G network deployments.

PTS today announces its Spectrum Plan for 5G tests for public consultation and welcomes stakeholders' views. Comments should be submitted to PTS no later than February 24, 2017 to the address pts@pts.se, with reference to: ”Spektrumplan för 5G-tester“.

Take note of the referral (swedish only).

For more information:
Amela Hatibovic Sehic, Spectrum department, phone: +46 (0)70-845 50 52

5G background

5G is the next standard for mobile broadband communications that is expected to be in use from around 2020. 5G means greatly expanded data capacity, and opens for applications such as “Internet of things”.