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.
|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|
|Aviation and maritime systems||576||405||328||329|
|Personal locator beacons||207||204||303||385|
|Total||66 733||68 109||70 149||73 288|
Figure: Valid radio licencesThis article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 1/2016.