Notifications and operating fees

Some operations require a licence or a written notification to FICORA. Licence and notification procedures are a key element in steering and supervising the sector.

Notifications concerning operations

Services for qualified certificates and identification

Information society fee

Supervision fee for television and radio broadcasting (programmes)

Fees paid by providers of services for qualified certificates and identification

Supervision fee for postal operations

Application fees for a short-term digital TV network licence and short-term programming licences

Notifications concerning operations

A telecommunications operator submits an electronic notification to FICORA before commencing operations, if it engages in:

1. general telecommunications (telecommunications notification);
2. other than television broadcasting subject to a licence, if the service provider is established in Finland (broadcasting notification);
3. video-on-demand audiovisual services, if the service provider is established in Finland (notification of video-on-demand audiovisual services); and
4. linear pay-television services in terrestrial digital mass communications network using a protection decoding system (pay-television service notification).

The purpose of the regulation concerning notification obligations is to ensure that FICORA receives, in order to perform its steering and supervision duties based on the Information Society Code, sufficient information on operators carrying out telecommunications operations and television broadcasting as well as of providers of video-on-demand audiovisual services and pay-television services. The information helps FICORA in informing and advising operators and in hearing them on the issues related to their operations.

The notification duty does not apply to operations that are temporary in nature or otherwise of minor significance.

FICORA keeps a public register of notifications.

Interpretation guidelines on telecommunications and telecommunications operators
Notification form (in Finnish)
Operators that have submitted a telecommunications notification

A telecommunications operator subject to notification or licence is obliged to pay an annual information society fee to FICORA. No information society fee is charged for the turnover from television or radio broadcasting or from retransmission of television or radio broadcasts.

Services for qualified certificates and identification

An identification service provider and a certification authority based in Finland who provides qualified certificates must submit a written notification to FICORA prior to commencement of the operations. Based on the notification, FICORA will assess whether the service meets all the legal requirements.
If the notification is inadequate, FICORA will request that the submitter of the notification provide further information.
If an identification service/a provider of identification services or a qualified certificate/a provider of qualified certificates does not meet the legal requirements imposed on them in the legislation, FICORA may prohibit the service provider from providing its identification service as strong electronic identification or its certificates as qualified certificates. Before this decision is issued, the service provider is entitled to provide further information and/or rectify the information provided in accordance with FICORA's requests. If the shortcomings are minor, FICORA may ask the service provider to correct them within a specified period.

Sections 10 and 32 of the Act on Strong Electronic Identification and Electronic Signatures (617/2009)

Information society fee

The information society fee, which is collected from the operators carrying out public telecommunications, covers the costs incurred to FICORA for carrying out the duties provided in the Information Society Code concerning telecommunications operators. The obligation to pay concerns the operators that carry out public telecommunications, that must submit a telecommunications notification and that must apply for a network licence for their operations.

The fees are annual. Because the fees are parafiscal, they are governed by law.
The information society fee is 0.14% of the operators' turnover from telecommunications operations in the previous accounting period.

Supervision fee for television and radio broadcasting (programmes)

In order to cover the costs incurred from the supervision of television and radio broadcasting, FICORA collects an annual supervision fee. The obligation to pay concerns the Finnish Broadcasting Company and the operators carrying out television and radio broadcasting by virtue of a programming licence. The obligation to pay commences in the calendar year during which 6 months have passed from the time the licence was granted.

The supervision fee is not refunded even if the operations are discontinued during the course of a calendar year.

The supervision fees for television and radio broadcasting is collected annually in two instalments. The annual total amounts of the fees:
• fee payable by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd is EUR 165,000
• fee payable by a licence holder carrying out other than regional television broadcasting is EUR 16,000 for each television programme set complying with the licence
• fee payable by a licence holder carrying out regional television broadcasting is EUR 800 for each television programme set complying with the licence
• fee payable by a licence holder carrying out radio broadcasting on frequencies of national or similar licensed use is EUR 8,000 for each radio programme set complying with the licence
• fee payable by a licence holder carrying out radio broadcasting on frequencies of regional or local licensed use is EUR 800 for each radio programme set complying with the licence
• fee payable by a licence holder carrying out radio broadcasting solely in the television network is EUR 8,000 for each radio programme set complying with the licence.


Sections 293 and 294 of the Information Society Code (917/2014)

Fees paid by providers of services for qualified certificates and identification

Any identification service provider or consortium of identification service providers must pay FICORA a registration fee of EUR 5,000 and an annual supervision fee of EUR 12,000.
A certification service provider offering qualified certificates must pay FICORA a registration fee of EUR 5,000 and an annual supervision fee of EUR 40,000.


Section 47 of the Act on Strong Electronic Identification and Electronic Signatures (617/2009)

Supervision fee for postal operations

A postal undertaking, i.e. an undertaking that has licence concerning items of correspondence, is obliged to pay FICORA an annual fee for the supervision of postal operations. The fee is collected annually in four instalments.
The supervision fee will be 0.29 per cent of a postal undertaking's turnover from licensed postal operations in Finland for the financial period that ended two years before collection of the supervision fee, but will be no less than EUR 2,000.

The supervision fee collected from a new postal undertaking will be EUR 1,000 for the first year of operation and EUR 5,000 for the second year of operation. The fee for the third and subsequent years will be determined as described above.

Application fees for licences: short-term digital TV network licences, programming licences for TV and radio

An applicant for a network or programming licence is required to pay FICORA a fee, in the amount of:

  • EUR 5 000 for a programming licence for terrestrial television broadcasting;
  • EUR 1 500 for a programming licence for radio broadcasting;
  • EUR 1 000 for a short-term network licence;
  • EUR 300 for a temporary programming licence.

The application fee is non-refundable, even if the licence application is withdrawn or rejected.



Key words: Information security, Internet, Post, Radio, Telephone, Television, Telecommunications, Licences


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