Swedish telecoms regulator PTS has begun a consultation on allocation of frequencies in the 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands, with a deadline for written comments of 05 March. Among other things, the regulator has recommended ways to ensure effective competition during the development of 5G. It expects to hold the auction in December 2019.
PTS is recommending splitting the available airwaves into eight block permits for 10 MHz each in the 2.3 GHz band.
It suggests fifteen permits of 20 MHz each for the 3.5 GHz band, and a cap of 120 MHz for any single bidder in that range. The ceiling would be applied in such a way as to ensure that a minimum of three unrelated permit holders would have network capacity in the 3.5 GHz band.
The permits would be valid until 31 December 2044. The auction would be carried out online in several bidding rounds.
Turning to the matter of the 3.7-3.8 GHz band, PTS said it would consider to look at the question of local permits.
Following the consultation period, PTS expects to draw up details of the allocation and to issue an invitation to tender in April.