Invitation to apply for programming licences for television broadcasting by 18 April 2016

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (hereinafter "FICORA") invites applications for programming licences for the licence period from 10 January 2017 to 10 January 2027 for digital television and radio operations in accordance with section 23 and for public interest television operations in accordance with section 26 of the Information Society Code (917/2014) in the terrestrial mass communications network.

Available free capacity

UHF networks have free capacity as follows:

A = 21 Mbit/s (DVB-T)
B = 33.5 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)
C = 22.1 Mbit/s (DVB-T)/33.5 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)
B = 33.5 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)
E = 21 Mbit/s (DVB-T)
F = 42.5 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)

Regional multiplex of Ostrobothnia = 22 Mbit/s (DVB-T/T2)

Insofar as the transmission capacity of multiplexes A and B is not needed for the operations of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd (Yleisradio Oy), their free capacity is primarily assigned for public interest television operations as referred to in section 26 of the Information Society Code. If the free capacity in the A and B multiplexes exceeds the capacity granted for licences for public interest television operations, it is possible to secondarily grant licences for purposes other than public interest television operations in the multiplexes in question.

VHF networks have free capacity as follows:

VHF A = 37.4 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)
VHF B = 37.4 Mbit/s (DVB-T2)
VHF C = 37.4 Mbit/s C (DVB-T2)

Capacity preliminarily reserved for Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd

13.60 Mbit/s from the DVB-T multiplex in the UHF range
24 Mbit/s from the DVB-T2 multiplex in the UHF range
24 Mbit/s from the DVB-T multiplex in the VHF range

Application

The applicant's application must arrive at FICORA by Monday 21 March 2016 at 4:15 p.m. The application may be submitted electronically, by email, by regular post to the registry of FICORA, by fax or delivered to the registry during office hours.


The programming licences will be valid from 10 January 2017 to 10 January 2027, unless the applicant specifically indicates a shorter period of validity.
Licence applications are primarily wished to be submitted through an electronic application form.


The electronic form makes up a public version of the licence application as referred to in section 23 of the Information Society Code, which FICORA may publish on its website. Accordingly, if the application contains information that shall be kept secret pursuant to the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, this information shall be included in the form as a separate attachment file.


Alternatively, the application may be sent:

  • By email to: radiotaajuudet(at)ficora.fi
    Include the following text in the subject field: "Television ohjelmistotoimilupahakemus 2017" (Television programming licence application 2017)
  • In writing by regular post to:
    Viestintäviraston kirjaamo/Television ohjelmistotoimilupahakemus
    PL 313
    00181 Helsinki
    (Registry of FICORA/Television programming licence application
    P.O. Box 313
    00181 Helsinki, Finland)
  • By fax on: +358 295 390 270,
    with the heading "Television ohjelmistotoimilupahakemus 2017" (Television programming licence application 2017)

Otherwise than when using an electronic form, it is simplest to apply by using

the programming licence application form [docx, 29 KB]

The form is in Word format, so after completing it, it must either be attached as an attachment file to an email or printed and sent to FICORA by regular post or fax.

However, it is also possible to prepare the application in free form. In such cases, it must include the information that corresponds to the content of the application form.

If sufficient transmission capacity cannot be assigned to all applicants, or if granting a programming licence could have a significant effect on the general development of the communications market, the Government will grant the licence as enacted in sections 25 and 26 of the Information Society Code.

More detailed instructions related to the application round are available in a separate application guideline: Television programming licences 2017 – application guideline [docx, 41 KB]

Additional information

Additional information on the application process is provided by:
Henriikka Rosti, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 326, and
Markus Mettälä, Head of the Fixed Radiocommunication Networks group, tel. +358 295 390 439.

The email addresses of FICORA are of the format firstname.lastname(at)ficora.fi (without Scandinavian letters)



Key words: Television, Application announcements


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