Changes in the terrestrial television network in a nutshell
What will change?
The purpose of use for some of the frequencies in the terrestrial television will be switched from television broadcasting to wireless broadband. Consequently, frequencies of television transmitters will be changed.
Frequency changes will be carried throughout Finland in Digita's UHF network one main transmitter area at a time. The total number of the areas is approximately 30. Information on the order in which the changes are carried out will be published before they commence. The changes will be carried out between the spring of 2015 and the end of 2016. Southern Finland is the last area where the changes are carried out.
What do the changes require?
After the frequencies have been changed in the area, households must redo the channel search for the television receiver. There is no need to modify the antenna if it is still working.
Real estate buildings with a joint antenna system
(housing companies with a central antenna)
Antenna amplifiers in real estate buildings must be retuned. In some cases, the old amplifier has to be replaced with a new amplifier. This requires, in any case, that an antenna contractor visits the installation site. After the changes have been carried out in the antenna system, the channel search for the television set must be redone.
Real estate buildings with a joint antenna system must take into account that the must-carry obligation applies to them, too. This means that a housing company, a real estate company, or any similar administrator of a joint antenna system must ensure that certain programmes and services are available to the users unmodified and simultaneously with the original broadcast. Television programmes subject to the must-carry obligations are the public service programmes of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, as well as the channels MTV3 and Nelonen. Further information on the must-carry obligation is available on FICORA's website.
What is the purpose of frequency changes?
Because of increased demand, the frequencies that are no longer used for television broadcasting will be reserved for wireless broadband. The change concerning the purpose of use for the frequencies has been outlined in the Communications Policy Programme for Electronic Media, issued in 2012 by the Government as a report to the Parliament of Finland.
What will change?