Finland’s Minister of Housing and Communications Krista Kiuru has called for legislative amendments that will allow the 700MHz band, which is currently used for TV broadcasts, to be opened up for use by mobile broadband services. Commenting on the plans, the minister noted: ‘The change in allocation is in line with the will that Parliament expressed in approving our Communications Policy Programme for Electronic Media in December 2012. For the necessary preparations and negotiations, it is important that our legislation is updated proactively.’ It is understood that the amendments will be made with a view to ensuring that the change in allocation of the 700MHz band can be implemented at the start of 2017.
With any change in allocation of the 700MHz band requiring co-ordination with Finland’s neighbouring countries, Ms Kiuru has said she intends to hold discussions on the matter during the spring. Further, in line with a decision made at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, a final decision on the uptake of the 700MHz band for mobile communications will be made at the 2015 conference; until that date any legislative amendments made by Finland regarding the change in allocation will be conditional.