Number of radio licences in 2015

Most radio devices can be used without a separate licence, while the use of specific radio devices requires a radio licence issued by FICORA to secure functional radio traffic.

On the basis of radio licences, FICORA estimates the number of frequency users and the development of demand for frequencies. Furthermore, FICORA uses licence information to contact users of radio devices in questions related to limitations on use or other changes.

The number of radio licences issued has shown slight growth in recent years, and there were more than 73,000 valid radio licences at the end of 2015. The majority of radio licences (65 per cent) are used by private radio networks. Private licensed radio networks are used for business and professional communications, such as in industry, municipal engineering (energy and water management), transportation, traffic control systems and official uses.

The second largest group of radio licences is formed of ships and aircraft, including radiotelephones used on boats and radio systems used on aircraft. There are nearly 15,000 of these licences, accounting for 20 per cent of all radio licences.

Number of radio licences 31.12.2012 31.12.2013 31.12.2014 31.12.2015
Private radio networks 42 070 44 017 44 963 47 677
Vessels and aircraft 13 840 13 888 14 589 14 753
Amateur radio operators 6 980 7 079 7 216 7 242
Radio and remote control 1 265 1 404 1 240 1 240
Radio links 458 492 438 422
Aviation and maritime systems 576 405 328 329
Personal locator beacons 207 204 303 385
Radio microphones 728 172 529 635
Mobile networks 41 75 53 47
FM radios 62 56 110 85
Others 506 317 380 473
Total 66 733 68 109 70 149 73 288

Figure: Valid radio licences

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 1/2016.


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