Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintaministerio, MoTC) has launched a consultation on plans to make available 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. As per the state’s proposals, an auction of such frequencies is to be arranged by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Viestintavirasto, FICORA) in autumn 2018, with the licensing period for any new concessions to be issued expected to begin on 1 January 2019. Concurrently, the FICORA has published drafts of the proposed auction process, including its rules and model, as well as a draft of the technical conditions for the radio licences that it expects to offer up. Submissions to both consultations can be made by interested parties up until a deadline of 25 June 2018.
Alongside the consultations which specifically relate to the proposed 5G auction, the MoTC is also seeking feedback on a draft Digital Infrastructure Strategy, which outlines the measures and goals for developing the country’s telecoms networks. As well as the assignment of the first frequencies which would enable the development of 5G infrastructure, the main measures proposed by the strategy are the promotion of fibre-optic network construction, which may be facilitated by the simplification and development of licensing procedures. Again, comments regarding the MoTC’s proposals can be made up to 25 June 2018.