Ericsson and the Finnish telecommunications group DNA have introduced the new 700 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband as of today (1 February 2017) following the conditions of the radio license granted by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.
The spectrum previously used for digital television (as it still is in many European countries including the UK) enables the build-up of 4G capacity, particularly in sparsely populated areas.
DNA's 4G network today covers 99% of the population in Finland. As Finns are among the most active users of mobile data in the world, it is essential to ensure future capacity of the network, the operator believes.
Tommy Olenius, senior VP, Technology at DNA, said: "According to Tefficient, nearly 10 gigabytes of data per month per subscription were transmitted on the average in our network already in Q1-Q3 2016, which is higher than anywhere else in the world. After that, data traffic has continued to grow.
“With 700 MHz frequency band we will expand our 4G network capacity especially in the thinly-populated and rural areas. This is how we can guarantee faster and higher-quality services for all our customers regardless of their location and ever growing use of mobile data."
Olli Sirkka, country manager, Ericsson Finland, said: "Mobile broadband is of particular importance in a mostly-rural country like Finland. The Finnish regulatory authorities have made a far-reaching decision to enable outstanding connectivity in the Finnish society when granting the 700 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband usage. The Ericsson Radio System technology chosen by DNA perfectly fits the requirements where widest possible coverage and high data rates are essential."
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