Sonera to provide voice services for YLE under a five-year agreement

TeliaSonera Finland Oyj and Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE have signed an agreement, valid until 2012, under which TeliaSonera will provide YLE with voice services and develop such services for the company’s needs. YLE will be provided with an extensive service entity in which various technologies and services are combined. The voice service agreement covers about 6,000 mobile and fixed-line subscriptions and services for them.

The agreement is based on a frame agreement concluded between TeliaSonera Finland and Hansel Ltd, the central procurement unit of the State of Finland, in May 2006. In the frame agreement the parties agreed on the delivery of voice subscriptions and services to central government.

The present agreement also makes it possible to adopt a one-terminal model, in which it is possible to switch from desktop phones to services implemented in the mobile communications network. Some calls will be carried in the mobile network and others as VoIP calls - depending on the service user’s communications needs. The flexible solution makes it possible for reporters, for example, to use YLE's services whether they have been built on top of the fixed or the mobile network.

”We are very pleased to be able to contribute our expertise to help YLE meet its goal of providing Finnish people with the best public service in Europe. Appropriate communications solutions lay the foundation for the company’s high efficiency and productivity. An example for this is our reachability-enhancing voice service in which YLE’s mobile phones can be made an integral part of a PBX solution such that they are covered by the same PBX,” says Vice President Markku Järvinen of TeliaSonera Finland.

For further information journalists can contact:
Markku D. Järvinen, Vice President, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
Tel.: 040 544 4113