Programming licences for FM and AM radio to be applied for on new frequencies

Published 30.06.2015

FICORA has assigned new frequencies suitable for analogue FM and AM radio operations that require a programming licence. Programming licences for the frequencies have been announced to be available for application on 30 June when Regulation 70 on the use of frequencies intended for television and radio operations entered into force. Deadline for applications is August 28th.

FICORA has planned the frequencies to be applied for on the basis of the wishes of the radio operators and agreed on the requirements for use with neighbouring countries. Together with the update of Regulation 70, new frequency units have been formed on the basis of operators' comments, where possible. In addition to the new frequencies also frequencies where no activity in accordance with the programming licence has been started and the licences have ceased to be valid are included in the application process. Programming licences for FM radio can be applied for four frequency units and 94 individual frequencies and licences for AM radio can be applied for four individual frequencies.

There are frequencies available in several regions throughout the country except the Helsinki metropolitan area. It is possible to apply programming licences for new radio operations or to complete the coverage of the existing radio stations. The licences are valid until the end of 2019, unless the applicant requires for a shorter validity period. Deadline for the applications is 28 August 2015 at 12:00 noon.

See application announcement (in Finnish)

FICORA grants the licences when there is no shortage of frequencies open for application. The Government continues to make the decisions on programming licences in cases where there are not sufficiently frequencies for analogue radio operations for all applicants.

The granting of long-term programming licences was transferred from the Government to FICORA at the beginning of 2015 when the Information Society Code entered into force.

Further information:

Henriikka Rosti, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 326
Suvi Juurakko-Lehikoinen, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 446.

FICORA's e-mail adresses follow the format forename.surname@ficora.fi.

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