HDTV licences in antenna networks open for applications

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 18.3.2009 8.09
Press release

The Finnish Government invites applications for two operating licences for high-definition television (HDTV) test broadcasts in antenna networks.

The network licences are for multiplexes VHF1 and VHF2 and they will be valid until the end of 2016. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2009.

"This HDTV testing is significant, since the network referred to in the operating licence must cover 60 per cent of the population in mainland Finland by the end of 2011", says Ms Suvi Lindén, Minister of Communications.

Minister Lindén emphasises, however, that the testing will not influence the service area of the current digital television transmissions, and there is no need for new receivers. Nevertheless, a new terminal device will be needed for watching HDTV broadcasts, and reception may also require some antenna adjustments.

In accordance with the objectives of the Communications Market Act the aim of the test licences is to promote the provision and use of the services in the communications networks.

Further information:
Ms Maaret Suomi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 9 160 28150, +358 40 700 5620