PTS Invites Interested Parties to the Spectrum Auction for the 1800 MHz Band
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has invited applications
for its 1800 MHz frequency auction, due to take place in October 2011.
The regulator will assign 2x35 MHz of spectrum: both new entrants and
existing 1800 MHz licence holders are allowed to participate in the
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) invites all interested
parties to the auction for licences in the 1800 MHz band. The deadline
for applications is 2 September 2011.
PTS wants to use the assignment in 1800 MHz band to get more
frequencies on the market, which is one of the targets of the
Government’s Broadband Strategy. The aim is to make it possible for new
and current stakeholders in the band to offer consumers broadband
services, for example.
PTS is now organising an auction to assign spectrum of 2×35 MHz. The
planned start date for the auction is 11 October 2011, with 2 September
as the deadline for PTS to receive applications to participate in the
In addition there are already licence holders in the band that own
2x35 MHz in total. PTS proposes that 2x5 MHz in the band shall be
exempt from a licence obligation; this means that these frequencies can
be used by anyone without the need for a licence from PTS, reducing
barriers to entry.
An auction of two stages
The auction will be held in two stages.
During the first stage, the auction’s 2×35 MHz will be split between
auction participants. Both new stakeholders and existing licence
holders in the 1800 MHz band can take part.
Placement in the band will be determined during the second stage.
Winning bidders from the first stage can then participate, as can
licence holders that already have a licence in the band (these own in
total 2×35 MHz). This placement round therefore comprises 2×70 MHz.
It is guaranteed that all licence holders in the band will get consecutive spectrum.
Link to open invitation and other documents (in Swedish only)
For more information, please contact
Urban Landmark, head of Spectrum Department, tel. 070-811 40 74 or PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 55
There are currently several stakeholders in the band and in adjacent
bands that are offering services to consumers. There is thus no
‘spectrum cap’ for the auction. This means that there are no
limitations on the amount of frequency that someone participating in
the auction may bid for.
Licences in the auction are valid from 1 January 2013 and licences will have a term of 25 years.
How the auction is to be organised and how licences are limited are
governed by PTS's Regulation for Spectrum Auctions (PTS Code of
Statutes – PTSFS 2008:1), a Decision to limit the number of licences
and an Open invitation.