Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has concluded its auction of frequency spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band. The auction, which rented out 15-year licences for a total bandwidth of 190 MHz, brought the Swedish treasury a sum of almost GSEK 2.1 (≈ MEUR 226).
All bidders were awarded bandwidth. The largest bid, some MSEK 562 (≈ MEUR 60) for two 20 MHz chunks, was entered by Teliasonera. Telenor, in turn, obtained an equal quantity for slightly over MSEK 533 (≈ MEUR 57). The other bidders were Tele2, HI3G Access, and Intel.
The licenses are technology and service neutral, and may therefore be used for e.g. telephony or broadband. Teliasonera has announced that it intends to use the bandwidth for building a mobile broadband network offering access speeds of 100+ Mbps. No conditions regarding construction timetable or population coverage are attached.
As Dr Marianne Treschow, Director General of PTS, noted today: radio spectrum has great value on today’s market.