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PTS Issues Decision Concerning Space in the 900 MHz Band Which Will Ensure Continued High Coverage for Mobile Telephony in Sweden
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The Swedish telecoms regulator (PTS) has renewed the existing 900 MHz licences held by TeliaSonera, Swefour, Tele2 and Telenor, making it possible for the operators to phase in new technology for mobile broadband while continuing to offer GSM mobile telephony. PTS has also approved the transfer of 900 MHz frequencies to Hi3G, the only operator without the 900 MHz licence, assigning the entire frequency space available in the 900 MHz band. The move will enable the entry of Hi3G as a new GSM operator.

PTS has decided to approve the application from the operators TeliaSonera, Tele2, Swefour and Hi3G.
Today, the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has made the decision to approve an application from the operators TeliaSonera, Swefour, Tele2, Telenor and Hi3G for frequencies in the 900 MHz band. The present licences in the 900 MHz band will be renewed and it will be possible for the operators to phase in new technology for mobile broadband while at the same time continuing to offer GSM mobile telephony. The entire frequency space available in the 900 MHz band will be assigned, which will enable entry of a new stakeholder through PTS approving the transfer of frequencies to the operator Hi3G.

“This ensures continued high coverage for consumers in the mobile telephony market. Since the operators are given the opportunity to phase in new technology in the 900 MHz band, this may ultimately also mean that a larger proportion of the Swedish population can gain access to wireless broadband,” says Marianne Treschow, Director-General of PTS.

In November 2008, the existing GSM operators and Hi3G submitted an application. The proposals contained in the application entail five operators being able to supply services in the 900 MHz band instead of four operators, as is currently the case. Today, PTS approved the application of these operators with a supplementary provision concerning coverage requirements to safeguard the current level of satisfactory mobile telephony coverage for consumers. A proposed decision was previously conferred with market stakeholders.