Licence-exempt radio equipment

A licence is not needed for receivers, such as TV and radio receivers or other separate receivers. Not all radio transmitters require a licence either. However, radio equipment must meet the requirements set for them to avoid causing interference to other radiocommunication.

The use of a radio transmitter requires a radio licence, unless the equipment is separately exempted from licensing. Licence-exempt radio equipment includes, for example, the following:

  • GSM and UMTS mobile terminals
  • PR 27 and LA telephones
  • PMR446 radiotelephones
  • cordless telephones
  • satellite telephones
  • WLAN/RLAN equipment (2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz)
  • telecommand equipment operating on collective frequencies
  • equipment for detecting movement and equipment for alert
  • some radio microphones.

Licence-exempt radio equipment and the frequencies on which they can be used in Finland are listed in FICORA's Regulation No. 15. Being exempted from licensing requires that the equipment is operated on the frequencies allocated to its purpose of use and meets technical and other requirements.


Regulation No. 15 on collective frequencies for licence-exempt radio transmitters and on their use

Before acquiring and using a piece of radio equipment, please make sure its use is allowed in Finland.

A guidebook on purchasing radio equipment [pdf, 572 KB] (in Finnish)



Key words: Spectrum, Guidelines, Licences


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