The Swedish government is to allocate two of the original seven multiplexes on the UHF bands to telecommunications companies. The spectrum at the top end of the band between 790 and 862 MHz will be used for mobile telephony and wireless broadband services representing approximately 18% of digital capacity.
This originally left five multiplexes for use by digital terrestrial television. However, a spokesman for the Swedish ministry of culture told Broadband TV News that capacity for a sixth DTT multiplex had recently been ‘discovered’.
The allocation of the new capacity has yet to be decided. However, the spokesman indicated this was most likely to be through a “beauty contest” with applicants having to demonstrate the best use for the spectrum.
Sweden completed analogue switch-off in October.