Finnish Government decision on the use of available radio frequencies
Radio frequencies released by the digital switchover will be allocated to a range of services, including new television channels, broadband mobile networks, and high definition television.
The Government decided on changes to the frequency allocation plan on 19 June. The amendments will enter into force on 1 July.
One new national multiplex will be allocated to television broadcasting. The capacity of the multiplex will depend on the packaging technology to be used.
The frequency band of 790-862 MHz of UHF spectrum will be allocated to digital broadband 800 mobile networks. The technological features of the frequency band are particularly suitable for high-speed wireless broadband services, especially outside built-up areas.
The same frequency band will also be used for radio microphone and military purposes. For the time being, the use of wireless audio devices, such as microphones, can continue as before and new frequency bands will be allocated to these devices later.
Frequencies will also be allocated to future high definition television, HDTV, broadcasts. Two national HDTV multiplexes will be included in the VHF frequency band (174-230 MHz) and one HDTV multiplex covering the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in the UHF band.
The frequency allocation decisions will not influence the current television transmissions. The technology presently required for watching television will remain valid at least until the end of 2016.
First testing for HDTV transmissions is tentatively planned for September 2009, at the earliest, to supplement the existing supply.
Ms Maaret Suomi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 9 160 28150, +358 40 700 5620