Sonera wins 4G frequencies in the Finnish auction

In the Finnish 4G frequency auction, Sonera was awarded frequencies with which it can build a next generation super-fast mobile broadband network in Finland. The company will start building the network immediately, and the aim is to open the network for the first pilot customer during the first quarter of 2010.

“We are naturally very pleased about the 4G frequencies,” says Marek Hintze, Head of Mobility Services Finland. “Above all, the 4G frequencies will benefit our customers, as we now can continue to offer them the highest-quality mobile network in Finland for increasingly faster data transmission.”

The frequencies now received will enable Sonera to build a mobile network that is more than 10 times faster than today’s networks. The licence is valid for 20 years. The price for five 2 x 5 MHz frequency band pairs in the 2.6 GHz band is EUR 819,000.

“We have gained valuable experience in TeliaSonera’s 4G initiatives in Oslo and Stockholm and intend to launch the construction of the 4G network while continuing to expand our 3G network to a nationwide service. The 4G network will be introduced in Finland step by step and area by area. The aim is to open the network for the first pilot customer during the first quarter of 2010. After that, the schedule depends on market conditions, customer needs and availability of terminals,” says Marek Hintze.

The need for capacity and speed in the mobile network keeps growing. The 4G network enables, for example, effortless use of interactive TV, videos, more advanced games and professional applications any time, any place. 4G also considerably improves the network response time.