PTS formally updates recommendations for 700 MHz band allocation

Thursday 7 December 2017 | 12:55 CET | News

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS said it has published an update of its study ahead of the auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band. The revision includes its proposal, announced earlier, to reduce allocation by 2 x 10 MHz compared with its 2015 recommendations. It now proposes assigning 2 x 20 MHz FDD as a block permit through a selection procedure, along with another 20 MHz SDL spectrum that could be used to expand capacity to receive mobile data.

The reason for reducing the allocation is that the government has decided that 2 x 10 MHz should be used for terrestrial television until 31 December 2018. PTS' assessment is that the 700 MHz band should be use for wireless broadband services on the publicly accessible network. It considers there is no reason to delay the auction until the government makes a new ruling on the other 2 x 10 MHz.

PTS said coordination with neighbouring countries has been completed this year, and that decisions have been made at EU level to speed up introduction of mobile services in this band.

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