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Action 49 in Sweden flag Sweden

Member States to implement European Spectrum Policy Programme (ESPP)

Indicator Status Evidence
Have you made 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2,5-2,69 GHz and 3,4-3,8 GHz frequency bands available and authorised for 3rd and 4th generation mobile services use? Yes 900 MHz band: Licences assigned by PTS (National Regulatory Agency) Decision of 13 March 2009, ref. 08-12019 1800 MHz band: Licences assigned by PTS Decision of 17 November 2011, ref. 10-6250 et al. 2.5–2.69 GHz: Licences assigned by PTS Decision of 8 May 2008, ref. 08-417 3.4–3.8 GHz: A large number of licences (municipal, regional and national) have been assigned at different times since 2002. See inter alia PTS Decisions of 3 May 2010, ref. 09-11391, 14 November 2008, ref. 08-8122, and 19 November 2007, ref. 07-9177
Have you authorised (or plan to authorise in 2012) for use ("licensing") of the digital dividend (800 MHz band) for wireless broadband communication?? Yes Licences assigned by PTS Decision of 4 March 2011, ref. 10-10534
Have you implemented the transfer or leasing of right of use in the harmonised bands? Yes Spectrum trading and leasing are allowed in all bands in accordance with Chapter 3, Sections 23 and 24 of the Electronic Communications Act (SFS 2003:389)

Best Practice Case

Swedish policy is that spectrum that is available for use should be assigned as soon as practically possible, e.g. when necessary international coordination agreements have been concluded. Sweden has consistently been one of the first countries of the EU to plan spectrum and assign licences for “newly available” frequency bands, e.g. in the 2.5–2.69 GHz band and the “Digital Dividend” (800 MHz) band. Assignments of block licences are in general conducted through auctions. This has proven to be a robust and transparent mode of assignment. Where appropriate there have been spectrum caps as well as limited coverage requirements. In the 800 MHz band there was a coverage requirement to the effect that the holder of one 2x5 MHz licence should commit 300 MSEK (~€ 30 mn) for roll-out in rural areas. Furthermore, the possibility of licence free use (general authorisation) of spectrum is always considered as an option.

Other initiatives:

PTS has initiated a Spectrum Strategy Project to systematically review the current planning and possible future use of all frequency bands in Sweden.

External contribution

External contributions are more than welcome. If you would like to share with us a country, regional or local-level initiative relevant for this DAE action, you can do it via the online form.