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January 18, 2008  |  Email This Article   |  Print This Article

Sweden readies auction of 2.6 GHz WiMAX spectrum

STOCKHOLM (WiMAX Day). The National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) of Sweden announced yesterday that it is now accepting applications from interested parties to participate in the auction of 2500 ~ 2690 MHz radio frequencies.

The auction will commence on April 14, 2008. A total of 15 blocks of spectrum will be offered for auction, 140 MHz of which will be divided for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) use and one block in the frequencies 2570 ~ 2620 MHz will be for Time Division Duplex (TDD). The FDD blocks will comprise 2×5 MHz of spectrum, and the TDD comprises 50 MHz. Each license will cover the extent of the Swedish territory.

The regulator noted the use of TDD in the FDD frequencies may cause interference on the FDD frequencies. However if “all the license holders who have been assigned FDD licenses wish to use these frequencies for TDD, PTS may, however, following application, allow amended license conditions.”

In a statement yesterday, PTS said the spectrum will be offered on the basis of technology and service neutrality. “This means that the license holder chooses the technology and area of application within the framework of the licence conditions. The license holder may also change technology and use during the term of the license, also within the framework of the license conditions.”

For the avoidance of any doubt, PTS noted that the spectrum is offered for use with either mobile telephony services or for wireless broadband services, such as WiMAX.

PTS said the auction will be held electronically, with participants bidding through an interface made available through the Internet. Bidding on the frequencies shall conclude when no further bids are made.

The minimum bid price for any FDD block will be SEK 2.75 million, and 13.75 million for the TDD block. Successful bidders also will be required to pay an annual administrative fee of SEK 25,000 per MHz.