STOCKHOLM � Sweden is in the process of allocating VHF spectrum for three new national networks, in addition to new regional and local station licenses.��
The new national radio networks will cover about 80%, of the country, and regional and local licenses will, in total, cover about the same land area as Norway, according to radionytt.no.
NRJ, MTG, Bauer Media, DB Media AB, and Mad Men Media AB have all applied for the national network licenses. The criteria for winning the concessions are simple: the highest bidder is awarded the license. The winners must show they have the financial and technical wherewithal to operate the facilities � and for the sake of competition, a company would initially only be allowed one license in each area.�
There are 80 brand new frequencies for VHF FM in Sweden, which means that some smaller cities will have more commercial channels than ever before; previously some smaller cities had only two local stations, according to the same article.�