New licenses for terrestrial television 2020

All licenses for broadcasting terrestrial television will expire on March 31, 2020. During the autumn of 2019, The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority will start a new application process where broadcasting companies can apply for licences. We are now working on developing a strategy that describes the Authority's starting points for and focus on the work with broadcasting licenses for terrestrial television.

Strategy in spring 2019

These are the issues that will be addressed in the strategy include: the significance of the terrestrial network as a distribution platform, efficient frequency utilization, transmission technology and quality and our opinion on parallel broadcasts in SD and HD quality. We intend to publish a draft of the strategy provisionally at the end of March 2019. We will then send out the draft for referral. 

Review Regulations in spring 2019

In connection with the strategy, we also review our regulations. We intend to publish a draft of regulations provisionally at the end of March 2019. We will then send out the regulations for referral. Any new regulations will be adopted in June 2019.

Application process in autumn 2019

The announcement of licences will take place during early Autumn and the application period will be approximately 5 weeks. As with previous license rounds, the applicant must show that the company has financial and technical prerequisites to conduct broadcast and is prepared to cooperate with other license holders on technical issues. Furthermore, the applicant must present what kind of programme content it intends to broadcast.

The licences will be valid from April 1, 2020

We aim to make a decision on licenses by the end of 2019 at the latest. Before deciding, we consult with the Competition Authority and the National Post and Telecom Agency on competition issues. The licences will be valid from April 1, 2020.

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Last updated 3/7/2019