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Network licences

Networks that require a licence for public telecommunications include second-generation GSM mobile networks, third-generation UMTS mobile networks and fourth-generation LTE networks.

For television and radio operations a network licence is required for broadcasting in the antenna network. However, a licence is not required for cable or satellite-relayed television operations.

The licences may include requirements related to the length of the licence period, the geographical area and the quality of the network or service.
Network licences for short-term television broadcasting are issued by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).

A radio licence issued by FICORA is needed for other uses of radio frequencies.

Applicants for network licences must pay a EUR 1,000 application fee to the State. Beginning in 2015, the application fee is EUR 5,000.