Sweden Awards 800Mhz Spectrum to Three Auction Winners
Published on: 1st Jan 1970: 1:33am
Sweden's telecoms regulator, the PTS has concluded a radio spectrum auction and announced that the three winners won blocks of 800Mhz spectrum for approximately SEK 2 billion (US$323 million).
SEK 300 million comprise bids for coverage and the license holder that has won the frequency block FDD6 shall use this sum to cover those permanent homes and fixed places of business that lack broadband.
In addition, the winning bidders will pay a processing charge of SEK 200,000 per block to PTS. The licenses are valid to and including 2035.
The winners are Hi3G, Net4Mobility and TeliaSonera. Com Hem and Netett Sverige also participated in the auction but did not win any licenses.
Göran Marby, PTS director general, comments: "Now the license holders can start using the 800 MHz band for, for example, mobile telephony and wireless broadband, in order to meet the consumer demand for services. The license holders can chose which technology and service that they want to use within the band. That will warrant a cost effective rollout and gives the opportunity for new technological solutions."
" It is also gratifying that SEK 300 million during the next few years will be used to cover precisely those households and companies that lack coverage today. This is a part of getting broadband coverage in the whole country."
|Bidder||Bandwidth, MHz||Auction proceeds, SEK||Amount for coverage, SEK|
|HI3G Access||2x10||431 000 000|
|Net4Mobility||2x10||469 000 000||300 000 000|
854 000 000