Events and competitions - Use of radio equipment and radio licences

At short-term events, such as sports competitions, concerts and festivals, a large amount of radio equipment is needed for the transmission of sound, video and data. Event organisers must establish in advance which radio equipment will be used at each event and contact FICORA well before the event. The organisers must also contact foreign contestants and performers in advance and ask them which radio equipment they intend to use. This makes the provision of interference-free frequencies easier and faster.

FICORA controls the use of radio frequencies in Finland. By planning the use of spectrum, FICORA aims to ensure that sufficient radio frequencies, that are as interference-free as possible, are available to radio systems.

Radio equipment typically used at events includes radiotelephones and wireless microphones. In addition, wireless cameras are used at nearly all televised events.

In order to grant frequencies for each operator in time, operators must apply for a radio licence for frequencies of the relevant radio equipment, for which a licence is required, well in advance. If necessary, FICORA assists the applicants in checking whether a licence is required. FICORA also recommends that all users of radio equipment programme the frequencies specified in the radio licence in the equipment in advance.

FICORA measures the frequencies of radio equipment at the venue before the event or competition starts and checks the licences of radio equipment subject to a licence. Approved equipment is labelled with a sticker.

Radiotelephones

All users of VHF/UHF radiotelephones subject to a licence must hold a radio licence granted by FICORA. FICORA assigns the frequencies that may be used in a given area on the basis of applications. It is forbidden to use any other frequencies than those specified in the licence.

Radio microphones i.e. wireless microphones, wireless cameras and video links

The organiser of the event or competition may coordinate microphone frequencies in the allowed frequency bands between the operators.

Licence holders in the collective frequency band 2315-2400 MHz agree on the use of the frequencies among themselves. In large international events, this frequency band is usually reserved for one host broadcaster only. In such case, the other operators must apply for event-specific licences for frequency bands assigned for temporary use.

More information on frequencies allowed for wireless microphones, wireless cameras and video links is available on FICORA's website under

Wireless cameras and video links

Radio licence

All users of radio transmitters subject to a licence must hold a licence granted by FICORA. FICORA specifies the frequencies that may be used in the radio licence. It is forbidden to use any other frequencies than those specified in the licence. Radio licences are granted on application.

Applying for a radio licence

Operators with Katso User ID or banking credentials:

Apply for a licence online

Operators that do not have the above-mentioned identifications may apply for a short-term licence by completing the application form:

Radio licence application for short-term use [pdf, 178 KB]

Please apply for radio licences well before the event.

Period of validity

The validity period of a licence is determined on the basis of the information provided in the application. The application must include the locations and dates of the events.

Licence fee and payment

The frequency fee of a licence is based on the number of equipment and frequencies used. The frequency fee of a short-term licence is at least one fourth of an annual frequency fee but no less than EUR 18.

The fee may only be paid by bank transfer to FICORA's bank account. No payments are accepted at the event or competition venue.

Licence-exempt equipment

Radio equipment that is exempted from licensing must comply with applicable requirements. Further information on conformity:

Compliance with requirements prevents interference to radiocommunication

FICORA's Regulation 15 lists the collective frequencies and technical conditions for licence-exempt equipment.

Regulation on collective frequencies for licence-exempt radio transmitters and on their use

Inspection of radio equipment

FICORA measures the frequencies of radio equipment at the venue before the event or competition starts and checks the licences of radio equipment subject to a licence. Approved equipment is labelled with a sticker.

Contact details

Email: radiotaajuudet(at)ficora.fi (replace (at) with @)
Switchboard: +358 295 390 100
Email addresses are of the format: firstname.lastname@ficora.fi

Further information on the following subjects

  • Licence application forms: Markku Laasonen, tel. +358 295 390 454.
  • Inspection of radio equipment: Jouni Kultanen, tel. +358 295 390 450.

Key words: Radio , Spectrum , Electronic services , Events , Radio equipment , Electronic services , Forms , Licences

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