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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (right) and his Nordic counterparts watched a demonstration of how 5G can facilitate the use of drones in rescue work in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 23 May 2018.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (right) and his Nordic counterparts watched a demonstration of how 5G can facilitate the use of drones in rescue work in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 23 May 2018.

 

The Finnish government has issued an invitation to apply for licences for the provision of telecommunications services within the frequency spectrum reserved for 5G in Finland – 3.4–3.8Ghz. The spectrum can be used for wireless broadband in mainland Finland as of January 2019.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications states in a press release that the frequency bands will be auctioned off at starting bids of 21 or 23 million euros, depending on the band in question and its properties.

A total of three electronics communications licences will be granted after the completion of the auction organised by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Ficora). The auction is scheduled to begin on 26 September, with registrations due on 17 August 2018.

Each participant may only be issued one licence.

The objective of the process is to facilitate the introduction of 5G mobile technology and improve the quality and capacity of high-speed wireless broadband connections in Finland. 5G is expected to create new services and business opportunities in a number of industries, including the transport industry.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and his Nordic counterparts issued a joint declaration earlier this year on creating the political and social conditions necessary for the parallel roll-out of 5G throughout the Nordics.

“Finland aims to be among the leaders in adopting 5G technology,” Sipilä stated in a press release.

“We should create a positive environment for advanced digital services. The aim is to build the first commercial 5G networks in the beginning of the year.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Handout/Anne Sjöholm, Office of the Prime Minister of Finland
Source: Uusi Suomi

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