Usage of television and mobile communications frequencies will be ensured also in the future in the Finnish and Russian border areas
Published 03.06.2013The Finnish and Russian spectrum managements have negotiated on the usage of television and mobile communications frequencies in the border areas. The negotiation results are positive from Finland's perspective.
Television frequencies (470–694 MHz)
Russia accepted Finland's proposal on equal division of television frequencies in the border area. It is stated in the plan that all the channels in the frequency band 470–694 MHz will be divided between the countries in the border area in accordance with Finland's proposal. Furthermore, the plan will be reviewed computationally and the areas where the execution of the final television network requires separate coordination will be determined. The final frequency plan will be confirmed in the autumn of 2013.
Coordination agreement on mobile communications frequencies (2,6 GHz)
The coordination agreement on the frequency band 2,6 GHz, auctioned in Finland in 2009, was reviewed. One of the reasons for the review was the increased usage of mobile communications in Russia. The updated agreement better enables the usage of mobile communications in the border areas.
Television broadcasting (800 MHz)
Due to the usage of the 800 MHz band for mobile communications frequencies, starting in 2014, Russia gave Finland a confirmation that the frequency band in question will no longer be used for TV operations in Russia. The final confirmation will be made when an agreement is reached on all TV frequencies.
Future use of wireless broadband (700 MHz)
Finland's decision to appoint the frequency band 694–790 MHz for the use of wireless broadband in 2017 was stated. The planning work will continue in future meetings.
Agreement on mobile communications frequencies (900 MHz)
The coordination agreement on mobile communications frequencies was updated so that certain frequencies can be used more extensively in a specific region in the border area between the countries.
Agreement on mobile communications frequencies (1800 MHz)
The existing coordination agreement was complemented so that it enables more extensive building of GSM and LTE, that is 4G mobile communications networks, in the border areas in the 1800 MHz frequency band.
In addition to FICORA's representatives, the Finnish delegation consisted of representatives of TeliaSonera, Elisa and DNA. The negotiations were held in Moscow on 27–30 May 2013.
Tapio Penkkala, Deputy Director (Spectrum Management), tel. +358 9 6966 469
Petri Lehikoinen, Head of Mobile Networks (Spectrum Management), tel. +358 9 6966 887
Suvi Juurakko, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks (Spectrum Management), tel. +358 9 6966 458