Preparations for an auction for licences for the 800 megahertz frequency band used in wireless communication are advancing as planned. The auction is meant to take place early next year.
On Thursday, the Finnish government confirmed the frequency plan change and presented Parliament with a bill for an amendment to the Auction Law.
A change in legislation is required, because the present Auction Law only covered the 2009 auction experiment.
The 800 MHz frequency band is used in 4G mobile technology.
The licences are meant to be auctioned in such a way that any one company could purchase no more than two 15-megahertz-wide channels.
The frequency channels to be auctioned will enable a data transfer rate of 26MB per second.
The frequency band auction is estimated to secure the government at least EUR 100 million in revenue.
On Thursday, the government also decided to change its frequency use policy in such a way that from the beginning of 2014, wireless microphone systems will no longer be allowed to utilise the 800 MHz frequency band.