Sonera runs an extensive turbo 3G build-out programme in 2009

Sonera speeds up the construction of its turbo 3G network in 2009 In 2009, Sonera will speed up the build-out of a high-speed mobile network. The company will enhance its existing turbo 3G network serving about 250 towns and localities, and the turbo 3G network will be introduced in more than 100 new towns and localities during the year. More than 1,000 new base stations will be introduced.

The company will continue its build-out programme in 2010 and 2011 depending on the market situation and service demand.

“Our accelerated build-out programme means that our turbo 3G network will reach a larger share of the population also in the more rural areas of Finland,” says Esa Rautalinko, Head of Mobility Services Finland.

A significant part of the turbo 3G extension will be based on the 900 MHz frequency. In a lower-frequency network, an individual base station serves a larger coverage area, which makes it possible to extend geographical network coverage in an economic way.

“Now that mobile broadband is being used increasingly and turbo 3G terminals supporting the 900 MHz frequency are becoming available, the time has come to accelerate the construction of the network. Our aim has been to time network investments so that they comply with customer needs and technological advancements, and now it seems that the timing is right also from the viewpoint of cost efficiency,” says Esa Rautalinko.

Sonera’s range of terminal devices includes high-quality, 900 MHz-compatible mini laptops, USB modems, and several phone models.

Further information: TeliaSonera Mobility Services Finland, Senior Vice President Esa Rautalinko +358 400 740997