Sonera develops Finland’s wireless information society

TeliaSonera looks after the communication needs of those living in sparsely populated areas by developing primarily wireless voice and broadband services for customers.

A report issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on 14 December 2007 states that it is necessary to make sure that those living in sparsely populated areas will also in the future have access to reasonably priced telecom services of at least the present quality. Sonera will open-mindedly consider the alternatives of how to fulfil its obligations, building primarily on wireless solutions.

“A technology-neutral universal service obligation corresponds to our view about where telecom services are going. The report of the Ministry of Transport and Communications provides the necessary guidelines on how to produce the services in sparsely populated areas. In the future, we can start to replace the fixed phone network with wireless alternatives in the areas where long, vulnerable phone lines are used by a small number of people,” says Senior Vice President Juha-Pekka Weckström from TeliaSonera Broadband Services.

Sonera speeds up the transition in the telecom industry by focusing on building next-generation networks and developing services. Wireless broadband solutions will improve the availability of broadband services to customers living in sparsely populated areas, and the mobile broadband will provide the users with a new kind of flexibility. The company has started offering wireless broadband services in Digita’s @450 network and opened up a 3G pilot network using the 900 MHz frequency band in order to extend the high-speed data transfer services provided by the 3G network to 95% of the population in the next few years. Sonera’s mobile network covers approximately 97% of Finland’s total area and almost 100% of the Finnish population. The continuously expanding 3G network offers an efficient alternative for the mobile broadband.

“Most of the requirements the report sets for services upon the wind-up of the fixed telephone network are understandable, while some others, e.g. the requirement for additional back-up for power supply at base stations, are excessive. These demands will cause additional costs to telecommunications companies and ultimately the Finnish users of telecommunications services, but they will not have a corresponding effect on service availability or the customers’ user experience,” Weckström states.

Further information:

Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, TeliaSonera, Broadband Services Finland
Tel.: +358 400 564 754

Esa Rautalinko, Senior Vice President, TeliaSonera, Mobility Services Finland
Tel.: +358 400 740 997