FICORA confirms 700MHz frequencies usable for wireless broadband from 1 February

25 Jan 2017

Spectrum in the 700MHz band will be usable for wireless broadband services from 1 February, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has announced. Confirming the timetable in a press release, the watchdog noted that, with the simulcasts of the Turku main broadcasting station having ended on 10 January, terrestrial television network operator Digita completed the 700MHz frequency change process that initially commenced in Northern Finland in July 2015.

Commenting on the matter, Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, said: ‘In the Government Programme, we are committed to developing Finland’s digital infrastructure. The Internet of Things, for example, requires communications networks to have an even larger connection capacity in the future. By introducing the 700MHz frequencies, we are strengthening the availability and standard of high-quality wireless broadband throughout Finland.’

Separately, the FICORA has outlined proposals it hopes will increase competition in the fibre broadband sector, releasing a draft decision related to significant market power (SMP) in this sector. As per the regulator’s plans it has called for the market’s three largest fibre broadband providers by subscribers – Elisa, TeliaSonera and DNA – to cap wholesale prices for such services for the next three years. Feedback on its proposals have been requested from interested parties, with a deadline of 3 March 2017 set for submissions.