Asta Sihvonen-Punkka continues as FICORA's Director-GeneralPublished 13.08.2015
Asta Sihvonen-Punkka has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) at the plenary session of the Government today. The five-year term of office begins on 1 October 2015 and ends on 30 September 2020. Sihvonen-Punkka has acted as FICORA's Director-General since March 2011.
Communications markets are a rapidly changing and developing sector. "It is important that FICORA is proactive and, if necessary, quickly and boldly intervenes in defects in the markets", states Sihvonen-Punkka.
In addition to its supervising duties, FICORA is also creating conditions for the development of the communications sector and information society. It has become more important to increase trust in electronic services through ensuring information security and protection of privacy. "Our operations are based on high expertise and good cooperation with different stakeholders", says Sihvonen-Punkka.
One of the major issues in the future term is developing the supervision and regulation of the sector. One of the key projects in the government platform is to simplify the regulation. Also, the European Commission has published the Digital Single Market Strategy which concerns, for example, telecommunications and media regulation, protection of privacy, cyber security, and the ownership of data. "It is time to think in a new way the future of the sector and the need for regulation; lighter regulation is required", outlines Sihvonen-Punkka.
FICORA's sector consists of market surveillance and regulation issues related to electronic communications and postal operations, media supervision, spectrum management, and cyber security issues. FICORA's National Cyber Security Centre, established at the beginning of 2014, is responsible for the last-mentioned. FICORA employs approximately 240 persons.
The Director-General is responsible for the general development and management of FICORA's operations. Also, the Director-General supervises that the duties part of FICORA's operations are performed effectively and expediently.
Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Director-General, FICORA, tel. +358 295 39