Nokia’s TV handset launch - a licence to licence

7 Nov 2003

Nokia has unveiled a new colour screen handset, the 7700, which will enable users to watch television broadcasts. However, people buying the EUR500 model when it is launched during the second quarter of next year may find themselves having to pay out again for a TV licence to avoid falling foul of the law. Nokia is believed to be exploring the regulatory issues although the country’s communications watchdog FICORA is already certain new users will require licences. The Director of Television Fee Administration, which presently charges a one-off fee of EUR165 per annum for public service television covering all sets in a household, said people would need to buy a licence on the grounds that ‘if you can use it as a TV, it’s a TV set’.