FICORA transfers applications for television programming licences to the Government

Published 18.05.2016

The number of licence applications submitted primarily for UHF multiplexes exceeded the available capacity in the application round for programming licences in the terrestrial TV network organised by FICORA. As a result, these applications are transferred to the Government for decision. FICORA prepares licence decisions regarding the rest of the applications.

The current programming licences in the terrestrial TV network expire at the beginning of 2017. During the current application round organised by FICORA, applications were submitted for programming licences for the new ten-year licence period that begins next year.

After the submission deadline expired, FICORA examined the applicants’ final preferences for programming licences. It turned out that overall there were more applications for UHF multiplexes A, C, E and F than there is free capacity. Therefore, the licence applications submitted primarily for these multiplexes are transferred to the Government for decision. The total number of transferred applications is 58, which is roughly three quarters of all submitted licence applications. Furthermore, the licence applications for public interest television operations are also transferred to the Government.

FICORA has notified the applicants about the transfer and ceased processing the transferred licence applications.

FICORA grants programming licences for the VHF network and the local multiplex of the Ostrobothnia region as there is sufficient transmission capacity for all primary applicants in these frequency bands. FICORA will grant the programming licences at the same time as the Government.

See also

Application period for programming licences in the terrestrial TV network completed – FICORA received 81 applications

Further information

Henriikka Rosti, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 326

Markus Mettälä, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 439

FICORA's email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname@ficora.fi (without Scandinavian letters)


Key words: Spectrum , Television , Licences , Terrestrial TV , News

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