Auction provisions and comments

Act on Electronic communications Services

The Act on Electronic Communications Services contains provisions on issuing licences through an auction process.

Act on Electronic Communications Services (917/2014). The act is titled Information Society Code until June 1, 2018.

Government decree on radio spectrum auction and licence conditions

On May 23, 2018, the Ministry of Transport and Communications invited comments on the Government decree on spectrum auction, amendments to the Government decree on radio spectrum use, the frequency allocation plan, and on the invitation to apply for operating licences.

LVM:n lausuntopyyntö

FICORA Regulation M64

Under the Act on Electronic Communications Services, FICORA may issue further provisions on the process and procedures applied in the auction. The provisions may relate to, for example, registration for and rules of the auction.

FICORA issued Regulation M64A on October 10, 2016.

On May 23, 2018, FICORA invited comments on Regulation 64B/2018 M on auctioning of the 3410-3800 MHz band and the explanatory notes to the Regulation. Explanatory notes MPS64B to the Regulation explain the objectives of the Regulation and specify the related provisions of law. The explanatory notes contain examples on how the Regulation is applied in practice.

Comments are to be submitted via the lausuntopalvelu.fi online service maintained by the Ministry of Justice. Comments submitted via the lausuntopalvelu.fi service are public in their entirety.

If a contributor considers their comment to contain information that is secret pursuant to section 24(1) of the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, an additional full version containing the secret information can be sent by email to kirjaamo@viestintavirasto.fi with Henriikka Rosti as CC. Please indicate reg. no. 488/70/2018 in the comments.

Request for comment at lausuntopalvelu.fi

Draft Regulation M 64B [pdf, 211 KB]

Explanatory notes [pdf, 507 KB] (in Finnish)

Radio licence conditions

After the operating licence round, FICORA will grant radio licences to the holders of the operating licences. Radio licences contain technical conditions that comply with EU legislation on the 3400−3800 MHz band. The technical licence conditions and their annexes also take into account other international agreements regulating the use of frequencies.

On May 23, 2018, FICORA invited comments on the technical licence conditions for radio licences granted for the 3410−3800 band.

Radio licence conditions (in Finnish) [pdf, 336 KB]

Comments are to be submitted via the lausuntopalvelu.fi online service maintained by the Ministry of Justice. Comments submitted via the lausuntopalvelu.fi service are public in their entirety.

If a contributor considers their comment to contain information that is secret pursuant to section 24(1) of the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, an additional full version containing the secret information can be sent by email to kirjaamo@viestintavirasto.fi with Henriikka Rosti as CC. Please indicate reg. no. 488/70/2018 in the comments.

Spectrum coordination

We strive to reach advance agreement with our neighbouring countries on the use of the radio frequency resources for mobile and wireless broadband networks before putting frequency bands into use. Coordination agreements define the terms under which radio transmitters can be introduced flexibly without having to conclude separate agreements on individual radio transmitters with the neighbouring countries.

So far, FICORA has concluded agreements on the use of radio frequencies with Sweden and Russia. The agreement concluded with Sweden covers the entire band to be auctioned, while the agreement concluded with Russia only covers the 3410−3600 MHz band. A coordination agreement has not been concluded with Russia on the 3600−3800 MHz band. Russia has been sent an extensive coordination request regarding base stations. FICORA continues to negotiate the use of the 3410−3800 MHz band with Estonia and Norway.

Coordination agreements:

Coordination Agreement 3400-3800 MHz Finland and Sweden [pdf, 229 KB]

Coordination Agreement 3400-3600 MHz Finland and Russia [pdf, 146 KB]

Outstanding coordination requests



Key words: Spectrum , Markets

Updated 24.05.2018

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