The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority’s (FICORA) 800 MHz spectrum auction was finally concluded on 30 October 2013. Since the auction began, it had encountered problems. Due to flawed legislation, bidding prices would always return to the auction’s starting price, prolonging the auction. This resulted in the auction being adjourned from 20 September to 23 October 2013 after eight months of bidding.
The final results of the auction are as expected: the three largest network operators in Finland, Elisa Oyj, TeliaSonera Finland Oy and DNA Oy, each won a frequency pair of the three pairs up for auction. The companies have now been granted 20-year licenses, which cover the entire country, except for the Åland Islands.