Digital experimentation boosts testing and supports education

The speed of digitalisation requires sufficient frequencies for testing wireless communications. FICORA supports such experimentation by flexibly issuing radio licences and telecommunications network numbers for testing innovative radio technologies and systems.

5G is all about opportunities

The characteristics of 5G network enable real-time, reliable and secure control activities with a short lag, such as intelligent transport and industrial automation. Energy efficiency enables durable terminal equipment for measuring, for example, and large numbers of online devices as required by the Internet of Things (IoT).

The research of 5G mobile communications technology mainly focuses on frequencies above 24 GHz where there are sufficiently disturbance-free frequencies to be allocated for testing and research.

Industrial Internet and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication evolve rapidly

Industrial Internet and M2M communication are growing rapidly. Innovations are translated into smart cities, factories and homes as well as efficient health care.

Systems based on different technologies may be tested, examined and implemented in several frequency bands.

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) search for new solutions

Intelligent transport uses information and communications technology to improve the free flow and safety of traffic. Intelligent transport includes autonomous cars as well as unmanned aircraft systems and vessels.
Research and use of intelligent transport require additional frequencies. In Finland, the majority of frequencies used in research may already be allocated to research and testing of intelligent transport.

Mobile network frequencies for research, development and educational purposes

In Finland, the education in the field of communications engineering and telecommunications networks is of high quality. This means that educational institutions must be able to use realistic teaching methods. FICORA issues radio licences as well as numbers and identifiers also for educational purposes.

Frequencies have been assigned for research, development and educational purposes in licensed frequency bands that are allocated to mobile communications or television operations. This allows substantial long-term research, development and maintenance projects. Licences are issued equally to both Finnish and foreign operators.

In addition, there is a need for technical identifiers, such as mobile network codes (MNC), that are not visible to users like ordinary telephone numbers.

Experimentation with short-term test licences

FICORA may issue short-term radio licences for tests, research and trials of systems based on radio technology. The licence period may range from a few days to a few years. FICORA assesses case-by-case whether a radio licence may be granted for the requested frequencies. You can submit a free-form licence application to radiotaajuudet(at)ficora.fi.

Preparing for the future with research and international cooperation

FICORA is involved in several national and international steering committees of research projects addressing new technologies and related opportunities. The aim is to ensure that there are available frequencies already for early-stage testing and research.

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Key words: Spectrum, Digital experimentation, Internet of Things (IoT), Open data, Radio equipment


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