FICORA boosts 5G testing in Finland

Finland has the ambition to be one of the world leaders in the development and deployment of the next-generation wireless broadband, 5G. FICORA supports related experimentation and testing by flexibly issuing radio licences for 5G trials.

As a wireless broadband technology, 5G is in many ways much more advanced than its predecessors. The work to harmonise 5G technology internationally is underway and 5G will be widely introduced as of 2020.

FICORA may issue short-term radio licences for tests, research and trials of systems based on 5G radio technologies. The licence period may range from a few days to a few years.

5G is one of the driving forces behind digitalisation because it meets the future needs of different user groups of wireless communications in several sectors. Such future requirements include faster data rates and shorter latency, increased reliability, security and energy efficiency.

The European Commission has identified the 3.4-3.8 GHz and the 24-27 GHz bands, among others, as 5G pioneer bands in Europe. For regional 5G testing, FICORA makes available bands of up to 100 MHz in the former band (until the end of 2018) and up to 1,000 MHz in the latter band, allowing high connection speeds and short latencies. It is also possible to receive licences for 5G testing in other frequency bands.

Frequency needs are considered separately for each case and test environment. If necessary, wider bands may be awarded for indoors testing, for example.

Submit a free-form licence application to FICORA to radiotaajuudet(at)

FICORA’s experimentation site.

Further information


Jan Engelberg, tel. +358 295 390 438

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