After some legal wrangling PTS is to proceed with the 5G frequency award and the new auction start date is 19 January 2021. The auction was supposed to start already in November 2020 but Huawei appealed against the rules and requested suspension of the process. The appeal was successful and the process was put on hold on 9 November, one day before the planned start date.
However, the second tier court (kammarrätten) decided in December that the rules remain valid until the court completes the legal assessment. This decision provided PTS with a chance to proceed with the auction; a chance PTS decided to seize.
As reported earlier, there are no more than four qualified bidders, namely Hi3G Access AB, Net4Mobility HB (a joint venture between Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden), Telia Sverige AB and Teracom AB.
In sum, the auction is to start soon but the legal assessment continues and there may be more legal wrangling ahead.