Finland gives 4G spectrum to DNA, Elisa and TeliaSonera

Finland has given 4G spectrum in 800 MHz band to DNA, Elisa and TeliaSonera Finland in the recently concluded auctions.

The auction will generate EUR 108.01 million in revenue to Finland and lasted for over nine months. DNA Oy paid EUR 33.57, Elisa Oyj paid EUR 33.34 and TeliaSonera Finland OyJ paid EUR 41.1.

Pia Viitanen, minister, Housing and Communications of Finland said, “It is regrettable for all parties involved that the auction process was so lengthy. We will make use of the experience in drafting the reform of electronic communications legislation, the Code for Information Society and Communications Services, and ensure that future auctions will not get prolonged in such a way.”

“The most important aspect in terms of communications policy is that the 800 MHz frequency band can be taken into the use of a wireless broadband so that high-speed 4G connections will be available throughout the country,” added Viitanen.

The government has awarded the winning bidders a license for a fixed period of 20 years and it covers whole of Finland excluding the Region of Aland.

Business operations within the frequency band may be launched on 1 January 2014. The license holder must launch operations referred to in the license within two years of the start of the license period.

The mobile communications network must be constructed to cover 95 per cent of the population in mainland Finland within three years of the start of the license period and 97 or 99 per cent of the population in mainland Finland within five years of the start of the license period.

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