The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has issued a proposal to postpone the allocation of spectrum in the 3438MHz-3510MHz and 3538MHz-3600MHz ranges, originally scheduled to take place through a selection procedure from the end of 2017. In an analysis published on its website, the regulator states that international trends indicate a large potential value of a merger between the 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz bands for wireless broadband communications in terms of both high speed and high capacity, while adding that a combination of the bands would also make them ‘more useful for 5G technology’. As such, the PTS says it intends to delay the new assignment of national block licences in the 3438MHz-3510MHz and 3538MHz-3600MHz bands until the 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency range can be reassigned. Stakeholders have been invited to submit comments on the proposal by 13 September.
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