Telia Finland has been granted a licence to test 5G services in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has revealed. In a press release, the regulator confirmed that the concession issued to Telia covers three spectrum bands, namely 3.5GHz, 26GHz and 28GHz.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in March 2017 the FICORA revealed it would support experimentation and testing by flexibly issuing radio licences for 5G trials. As per the regulator’s strategy it is issuing short term concessions for tests, research and trials of systems based on 5G radio technologies, with licence periods ranging from just a few days to years. With the European Commission (EC) having identified the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and the 24GHz-27GHz bands, among others, as 5G pioneer bands in Europe, for regional 5G testing the FICORA is making available blocks of up to 100MHz in the former band (until the end of 2018), and up to 1,000MHz in the latter band, allowing high connection speeds and short latencies. Alongside these specific allocations, the regulator is also offering licences for 5G testing in other frequency bands, with frequency needs ‘considered separately for each case and test environment’.