Auction in the 700 MHz band to improve coverage in rural areas

7/10/2018

More frequencies made available to mobile broadband across the country and up to SEK 300 million for new coverage in rural areas. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has issued an open invitation to the auction in the 700 MHz band. Planned auction start is December 4 2018 and applications shall be submitted to PTS no later than November 5 2018.

The 700 MHz band is suitable for building area coverage and for enhancing mobile broadband networks through more capacity and higher bitrates. A coverage obligation will contribute to better coverage for voice and data services (10 Mbit/s) where consumers usually find themselves.

"The government's goal is to ensure that everyone in Sweden in 2023 has good access to stable, high quality mobile services wherever they are. The auction of
the 700 MHz band is a way to contribute to that goal", said Dan Sjöblom, Director General of PTS.

In total, the auction comprises 60 MHz, divided into seven licences; two licences with 10 MHz (2 × 5 MHz) and one licence with 20 MHz (2 × 10 MHz) in the part of the frequency band offering both uplink and downlink communication, four licences with each 5 MHz is available in the downlink only part of the band.

The minimum bid in the auction is SEK 50 million per 5 MHz, which adds up to a total minimum bid of SEK 600 million for all seven licences in the auction.

PTS has decided on a spectrum cap of 40 MHz to ensure that there will be at least two licence holders in the 700 MHz band.

The invitation also contains technical conditions, requirements for protection of terrestrial television and detailed rules for the auction, which will be performed as a simultaneous multi-round auction (SMRA) via the internet.

The planned start date for the auction is December 4 2018. Anyone wishing to participate in the auction must have submitted an application to PTS by 5 November 2018. It is important that the application is submitted on time and fulfil the requirements.

The open invitation is now available in an English translation, which can be found here.  

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