Sonera expands fibre network dramatically and supports the government’s broadband project

Sonera continues expansion of Finland’s largest fibre network and supports the government’s project to provide 100 Mbps broadband network to the entire country. This year about 400,000 households will gain access to Sonera’s super fast broadband connection of up to 100 Mbps.

A study by the Communications Ministry has set a national goal to guarantee Finns a 1 Mpbs broadband connection by 2010 and a 100 Mpbs connection to most households by 2015.
“These guidelines match Sonera’s broadband strategy,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström, head of Finland’s broadband operations. “With the help of the Digitas Wireless @450 broadband network, Sonera’s broadband services will cover all Finns before the end of 2010. At the same time, the company is continuing to expand its extensive fibre optic network that stretches from the city centres to the suburbs.”
“The telecom industry is in a major transition period and after this the 100-year-old copper wire technology will be relegated to history. The copper wire network that is strung from poles and in the ground will gradually be replaced by both fibre optics buried in the ground and wireless communications,” concludes Weckström.

Faster broadband and TV services with fibre optics
This year about 400,000 households in Finland will be covered by Sonera’s broadband network at up to 100 Mbps via fibre optic or cable TV networks. The super fast broadband network is being designed for future TV services as well. Last year Sonera began distributing high definition channels at the Helsinki area.
For households to gain access to broadband connections of up to 100 Mbps that support high definition broadcasts, there must be an internal fibre optic or cable network. Normally, the landlord or housing association makes this investment. From 2009, households can deduct costs related to building an internal network.
“A fast Internet connection increases the value of the home. Investing in a fast broadband network is an investment for the future,” says Weckström.
Thanks to investments in the network, Sonera will be able to offer super fast connections of up to 100 Mbps by the end of the year in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kerava, Porvoo, Hyvinkää, Mäntsälä, Tampere, Hämeenlinna, Valkeakoski, Akaa, Turku, Pori, Vaasa, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Kouvola, Varkaus, Jyväskylä, Oulu, Tornio and Kemi.

More information:

Director Juha-Pekka Weckström, TeliaSonera, Broadband Services Finland
Phone: +358 (0)400 564 754

Sales Manager Seppo Hakanen, TeliaSonera, Broadband Services Finland, Home Services
Phone: +358 (0)40 842 1848