TeliaSonera brings wireless broadband services within the reach of all people in Finland over Digita’s @450 network

TeliaSonera Finland Oyj and Digita Oy have signed an agreement on the provision of broadband services in Digita’s @450 broadband network. Owing to this agreement, it will soon be possible to provide nearly all people in Finland with broadband services by means of new, cost-effective wireless technology. The pilot period, started in June–August, will result in a commercial launch in December 2007.

The agreement now concluded aims at seamless cooperation between the network operator and the service provider to provide customers with the services they need.
“This is a major improvement for the people in Finland who have been beyond the reach of the broadband services offered in the fixed network. Thanks to the agreement, the Finnish information society will soon also extend to summerhouses, rural areas, the archipelago and other low population areas,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland.

Satisfied pilot users
Sonera is very happy with the three-month test period of service operation, which was implemented in June–August 2007. The coverage and reliability of the network and the introduction and functioning of the terminal equipment were tested during the summer.
During the pilot period, it was also agreed that the network’s coverage area would first be expanded into areas where it is too expensive to build a fixed network due to a low number of users. “In the countryside, setting up a @450 base station is much more inexpensive than laying a copper cable, and in the future we will also be able to provide voice services through the base station at affordable prices,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström.

Digita expands the network and sets up more base stations throughout the country
Digita’s wireless @450 broadband network, opened at the beginning of April, now covers wide areas in Southern Finland and areas from Oulu to Ivalo. Digita is rapidly expanding its network. The goal is that the network would have a nationwide coverage by the end of 2009.

”For Digita, the agreement with TeliaSonera is a major step towards meeting the high demand for wireless @450 broadband services. Our goal is that Finland would be the first country in the world with a wireless broadband network across the whole country. When the network is in place, the people in Finland – both consumers and companies – will have a genuinely wireless broadband network at their disposal,” says Vice President Juha Malmberg from Digita Oy.

Further information:

TeliaSonera Finland, Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, Broadband Services Finland, tel. +358 400 564 754, email: firstname.lastname@teliasonera.com

Digita Oy, Sirpa Ojala, Managing Director, tel. +358 40 566 3466, email: firstname.lastname@digita.fi

Digita Oy: Birgitta Selonen, Communications Manager, tel. +358 400 277 049

Digita Oy is the leading Finnish distributor of radio and television services, and an important developer of data communication networks and network infrastructure. Digita’s nationwide organisation ensures the high quality of services 24 hours a day. Digita’s customers include television and radio broadcasting companies, as well as mobile and broadband operators. In 2005, its net sales amounted to €97 million. The company employs 380 people. Digita is part of the international TDF Group.

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