TeliaSonera Finland to deliver a communications network to OP Bank Group as a comprehensive service

TeliaSonera Finland Oyj and FD Finanssidata Oy, which is part of OP Bank Group, have concluded a three-year co-operation agreement. According to the agreement, TeliaSonera Finland will deliver to OP Bank Group a communications network with nation-wide coverage and be responsible for the management and maintenance of the network. Through this agreement, TeliaSonera strengthens its competence in the financing sector, which is one of the company's selected focus branches.

Finanssidata is a computer service company established in 1992 as part of OP Bank Group. The company answers for OP Bank Group's information technology and its development. Co-operative banks form the most comprehensive bank office network in Finland with their about 700 offices throughout the country. The communications network connecting the co-operative bank offices and the self-service points is one of the largest communications networks in Finland.

In accordance with the now concluded agreement, TeliaSonera Finland will deliver to OP Bank Group a comprehensive service that comprises a nation-wide data network, and be responsible for its management and maintenance for the next three years. With this solution, OP Bank Group aims at ensuring the reliability, cost-efficiency and continuity of its operations.

"We were looking for a solution that could respond to our growing quality requirements. In accordance with our service strategy, we invest as well in the development of our office network as in electronic transactions. The total functionality of communications is a critical factor for us, and the quality of the network must be equally high irrespective of where in Finland it operates. We believe that Sonera's geographical coverage and competence in the total management of the network will serve our needs and be a cost-efficient solution for us. Through the partnership, we also search for the continuity that can be offered by TeliaSonera as the leading player in the market", says head of department Kari Katainen of Finanssidata Oy.

The communications network to be delivered to OP Bank Group comprises, as a future development path, the possibilities of mobile working solutions.

"The partnership with OP Bank Group is very important for us. Financial solutions are an important focus area of TeliaSonera, and our target is to continue to grow and to strengthen our competence in this field", tells Senior Vice President Esa Korvenmaa, responsible for Large Corporate Customers at TeliaSonera Finland.

For more information, please contact:

Mika Aarnikka, Sales Director, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
Mobile phone: +358 40 8346569

Kari Katainen, Head of Department, FD Finanssidata Oy
Mobile phone: +358 50 5513465