TeliaSonera and DNA join forces in network sharing in Eastern and Northern Finland
ET | Source:TeliaSonera AB
Sonera, TeliaSonera’s Finnish arm, and the local Finnish operator DNA have
agreed on mobile network sharing in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern
Finland. The joint venture allows for more efficient build out and operation of
radio networks in an area making up 50 percent of Finland’s total territory in
which only approximately 15 percent of its population live, improving customer
experience in terms of coverage, speed and quality.
TeliaSonera is required to reach 99 percent population 4G-coverage in Finland by
the end of 2018, and this network sharing agreement will enable us to reach this
goal more efficiently.
“The build-out in Eastern and Northern Finland is an important part of our
ambition to improve customer experience and the efficiency of all our networks.
We have positive experiences from network sharing in other markets. Thanks to
the cooperation with DNA we can deliver on our promise to have the best network
in Finland faster. We can accelerate the roll-out of super-fast mobile internet
across all of Finland,” said Robert Andersson, head of TeliaSonera’s business
The joint venture “Suomen Yhteisverkko Oy” will build and operate a common radio
access network for the parties in 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The company will
own the radio network equipment and rent masts and base station facilities from
the operators or third parties. The joint venture is expected to start operating
in the beginning of 2015.
The common network means an increased number of base stations, better coverage
and more capacity in the more sparsely populated areas of Eastern and Northern
Finland. The operators will also combine their 800 MHz frequency blocks to offer
faster 4G connections and more capacity to their customers in the area. Network
sharing will have no effects on end customer services. Sonera and DNA will
independently continue to offer competing services to customers also in the
common network area.
The joint venture will be jointly controlled, and equally governed by the
consensus principle with Sonera owning 51 percent and DNA 49 percent of the
company. Mr Antti Jokinen, previously Head of Networks at DNA, has been
appointed CEO of the joint venture.
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