Sweden’s 5G auction has been decided – this is how it went and this is the next step


After delays and appeals, it was time today for the so-called 5g auction, which includes permits to use radio transmitters in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands. The auction first concerned the 3.5 GHz band, and when it was completed, the auction for the 2.3 GHz band began. The auctions are expected to last anywhere from two to ten days, but now it is clear that the auctions have already ended, the same day as they began.

Four participants had been approved to participate in the auctions: Hi3G Access (Three), Net4Mobility (Tele2 and Telenor), Telia Sweden and Teracom and it was a so-called clock auction, which means that it was an auction in several bidding rounds conducted over the internet. All participants in the auction were allocated frequency space and no one was left without it.

PTS distributed via the auction 320 megahertz in the 3.5 GHz band. Telia took home 120 MHz in the frequency range 3500-3620 MHz and also had to pay the most for its part, SEK 760 million. Net4Mobility, which is Tele2’s and Telenor’s joint network company, received 100 MHz in the frequency range 3620-3720 MHz for a price tag of SEK 665 million. Equal amount of space, 100 MHz in 3400-3500 MHz, the operator Tre received SEK 491 million and state-owned Teracom paid SEK 400 million for its 80 MHz in the range 2300-2380 MHz. This means that all operators that have participated have all the prerequisites to offer real 5G and now the race is starting to actually offer it to their customers as well.

In a statement after the decision, Tele2 and Telenor and their joint company are first out and at Telenor, CEO Kaaren Hilsen says that they are “very happy to have now acquired the frequency space needed to seriously start rolling out 5G on a broad front”.

– The new generation of networks will mean a significant improvement for consumers and enable innovation, automation and higher efficiency for companies, adds network colleague Kjell Johnsen, CEO of Tele2.

Of course, Telia is also satisfied. There, CEO Anders Ollson says that Telia “by securing 120 MHz, which is more spectrum than any other operator, strengthens its role as network leader in the Swedish market”.

When it comes to coverage, Telia says that the 5G network, just like the 4G network, will cover more than 90 percent of Sweden’s area and 99 of the population, ie where they live. Tele2 and Telenor have the stated goal of covering at least 99 percent of the population with 5G within three years.

The Swedish 5G auction has been delayed for several reasons, most recently by a legal dispute in which PTS, following advice from the Armed Forces and the Security Police, banned operators from using technology from ZTE and Huawei in central parts of the 5G network. Huawei has protested against this and still claims that the grounds for the ban are wrong and that the legal has not yet been decided. The operator Tre has also appealed the decision to ban it. Telenor and Tele2 have reported that it is equipment from Ericsson and Nokia that will be used in their network, while Telia will use Ericsson.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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