Sonera improves the wireless voice and broadband services of sparsely populated areas

Sonera welcomes about 53,000 of its fixed-network customers as users of modern, wireless voice and broadband services. Sonera improves the voice and data communications services in sparsely populated areas with the aim of migrating from fixed voice to wireless voice services within a year and to wireless broadband services by the end of 2009, implementing these services in a cost-effective manner.

“Within the next few years, Sonera will invest in wireless technology in various localities where long and vulnerable telephone lines have few users,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland.
“Our fixed-network services will naturally continue to function normally until everything is ready for the migration to wireless services. We will ensure our customers reasonably-priced telecom services of at least the present quality. All the customers that the change concerns will be informed, and support for the use of the new services will be available,” Juha-Pekka Weckström continues.

Mobile phones beyond compare in sparsely populated areas

On average, mobile calls are more affordable to residents of sparsely populated areas than calls in the fixed network. The mobile network also has fewer problems attributable to natural phenomena, such as thunderstorms and snow, than a fixed network mounted on poles. Sonera’s mobile network now covers approximately 97 per cent of Finland’s total area and almost 100 per cent of the Finnish population. In areas where network coverage is not yet quite satisfactory, Sonera ensures the customers switching over to mobile phones a service reliability and availability equal to those of the fixed network before fixed-line telephones are abandoned. For demanding conditions, Sonera recommends a desktop GSM phone. An outdoor antenna may also be needed.

Wireless broadband – solution for mobile work and leisure

”As wireless broadband becomes increasingly common, Sonera enables broadband access to thousands of such consumers who have not had the option before. Compared with fixed-line broadband access, the advantage of wireless broadband is that the access is no longer tied to a certain place but travels with you to the summerhouse, for example,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström.
In sparsely-populated areas, Sonera provides wireless broadband services at a speed of up to 1 MB over Digita's @450 network. The aim is to give the network nationwide coverage by the end of 2009. As from the beginning of February, Sonera cut the monthly charge for wireless broadband to 44.90 euros per month (earlier 49.90 euros). Sonera is also continuously expanding its 3G network, which currently extends to over 110 localities in Finland. The 3G network enables a transmission speed of 3.6 MB in future. By summer’s end, about 90 new localities will be covered.
Business customers’ voice and data communications connections in sparsely populated areas will also be replaced with more up-to-date solutions appropriate for mobile work as soon as such solutions are available. All the changes will be performed in accordance with the valid customer agreements.

Further information:

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

Eila Rummukainen, Director, TeliaSonera, Broadband Services Finland / Telecom Services
Tel.: +358 400 620 120