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Finland to become the world leader in communications networks – Digital Infrastructure Strategy and 5G auction documents out for comments

Finland to become the world leader in communications networks – Digital Infrastructure Strategy and 5G auction documents out for comments

Press release 08.06.2018 11.07 fi sv en

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has circulated a draft Digital Infrastructure Strategy for comments. The Strategy outlines the measures and aims for the development of the communications networks. The key measures proposed are allocation of the first frequencies for the use of 5G through an auction process and promotion of optical fibre construction by simplifying and developing permit procedures, for example.

“Our aim is to be the leading country in communications networks. The digital infrastructure must enable living, working and entrepreneurship across Finland. The needs of people, businesses and industry have been taken into consideration in the aims and measures of the Strategy,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

The Strategy responds to global trends such as the growing role of artificial intelligence, data economy, automation, robotisation, internet of things and virtual reality in future applications and services. High-quality and reliable broadband networks and digital data transmitted through them provide a platform for digital services and innovations. The Strategy has been prepared in broad cooperation with stakeholders.

Auction of 5G frequencies this year

Licences for the use of wireless broadband within the 3.5 GHz spectrum will be granted through an auction process. The spectrum can be used for the construction of the first 5G networks in Finland. The auction is planned to be arranged by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority in autumn 2018 and the licence period concerning the frequencies to be granted would start on 1 January 2019.

5G is a next generation mobile communications technology that enables faster wireless connections and more reliable data transfer with shorter delays. It is expected to bring new services and business opportunities to the transport sector and industry, for example.

Provisions on the details of the auction process and the frequencies to be auctioned will be laid down in government decrees and a Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority regulation. The Ministry of Transport and Communications requests comments on the auction decrees and the draft call for applications. Comments may be submitted on the website Lausuntopalvelu.fi by 25 June 2018. Previous spectrum auctions took place in 2013 and 2016.

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority also requests opinions on the draft regulation concerning the auction and on the technical terms of the radio licences.

What next?

The Ministry of Transport and Communications requests comments on the draft Digital Infrastructure Strategy and the documents concerning the 3.5 GHz auction process. The deadline for comments is 25 June 2018. The Digital Infrastructure Strategy was earlier referred to as the national broadband strategy.

Inquiries:

Päivi Antikainen, Director of Unit, tel. tel. +358 50 382 7101, firstname.lastname@lvm.fi