TeliaSonera moves Finnish customers e-mail services to Finland

The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. To meet customers’ demand for integrity, TeliaSonera has decided to move the production of e-mail services for Finnish customers to Finland.

- As an operator with a strong international footprint, TeliaSonera must comply with several different regulatory regimes, while ensuring our customers’ right to secure communications. We have listened to the concerns expressed by Finnish authorities and our Finnish customers and decided to take action to ensure that we meet their need for integrity and privacy, said Anders Igel, CEO and President of TeliaSonera

- We are a global company and many of our services are international by nature. We want to ensure that our customers are in position where they can choose between our international services and our local services.

In connection to the relocation of Finnish customers’ e-mail services, the e-mail service production is going to be upgraded to ensure its functionality in all circumstances. The relocation process is estimated to be finalized by the end of first quarter 2008.

TeliaSonera’s fixed and mobile voice services, SMS, MMS and mobile data are already produced in Finland and as such not affected by the proposed law. Already now some e-mail services for authorities and large corporate customers are produced in Finland. Concerning private e-mail, the service is currently produced in Sweden which means that when two customers in Finland are communicating by e-mail, their traffic is routed via Sweden and as such becomes subject to Swedish law.

The Swedish Parliament will vote on the proposal on June 14. If adopted, operators have one year to implement the new provisions.

For further information journalists can contact:
Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, Broadband Services,
TeliaSonera Finland, tel.
+358-2040-21732, e-mail: firstname.lastname@teliasonera.com