PTS will offer spectrum in the 3.4-3.6GHz and 26 Ghz bands
The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) announced plans to make available 100 to 200 megahertz in the 3.4-3.6 GHz band and up to 1,000 megahertz in the 26 GHz band for 5G tests.
The regulator said that these two spectrum bands are, together with the 700 MHz band, identified as initial pioneer bands for 5G deployment in Europe.
During a public consultation in February 2017, the telecoms regulator received responses to its proposal on Spectrum Plan for the 5G tests and examined the market’s interest in licenses to conduct 5G tests in the 3.4-3.6 GHz and 26 GHz band from 2017.
The regulator revealed that a total of nine companies responded to PTS public consultation. The stakeholders expressed support for the major part of PTS’s proposal on the spectrum plan for 5G tests.
From 2020, PTS intends to assign those frequencies for long-term use which would allow for large-scale commercial 5G network deployments.
“Favorable conditions for 5G development can strengthen Sweden’s position as a leading IT nation. Sweden has the potential to be one of the first countries in Europe where extensive 5G network is being deployed. PTS now creates opportunities for stakeholders to make large-scale tests of 5G technology already from 2017,” the regulator said in a statement.
Thai telco True selects Ericsson for 5G trial
In other 5G news, Thai telecommunications firm True Corp has selected Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson to oversee what it claims to be the country’s first 5G trial, local press reported.
True’s 5G trial will utilize Massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) functionality and a time division duplex (TDD) configuration.
“Concerning the 5G technology trial, we are collaborating with Ericsson to design and develop the first technology of its kind for wireless internet networks,” True Corp’s chief network operations officer Adisak Prasongsup, said. “Thanks to Massive MIMO TDD, the 5G technology we are developing will be about 20 times faster than our current 4.5G technology. Everything is almost ready, and we will be rolling out this state-of-the-art 5G service soon.”