The Finnish Government has begun the registration process for the country’s auction of the 800Mhz frequency band. Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) will hold an auction to sell operating licences in early 2013.
Chinese infrastructure and device vendor Huawei has announced plans to establish a research and development facility in Helsinki, investing €70m and hiring 100 people over the next five years. The new R&D facility will be a “key driver” in Huawei’s device development work, the firm said.
Finnish start up Jolla Mobile has unveiled its Sailfish OS; a Linux mobile operating system based on the the abandoned MeeGo project. In a show of support for domestic innovation, Finland’s third largest operator DNA has said that it will distribute handsets using the OS upon its commercial launch.
Early testing on TeliSonera’s LTE network in Finland saw maximum download speeds hitting 48Mbps with an average of 36.1Mbps. This compared with average 3G speeds of 4.1Mbps. Meanwhile LTE network latency averaged 23ms, some five times faster than the average 3G latency of 117ms.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has won a deal with Finnish carrier DNA for the expansion and upgrade of its 3G network and the introduction of LTE in major Finnish cities. The three-year deal covers network management products and radio access, packet core and backhaul infrastructure.
LTE pioneer TeliaSonera has launched Finland’s first commercial LTE service, in the cities of Turku and Helsinki. The Nordic and Baltic specialist activated the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo a year ago.As in the Swedish and Norwegian deployments, service will be limited to dongle-enabled laptop access, with Korean vendor Samsung supplying the dongles.
Finnish operator Sonera will launch LTE services by the end of the year. The operator has announced that services will first be launched in the city of Turku, before being expanded to Helsinki, which are also the two cities where Sonera has been conducting trials since June 2010.
With effect from July 1, Finnish citizens will have a legal right to fixed line broadband with a connection speed of at least 1Mbps.
The Finns have long been at the forefront of the spectrum refarming movement, and the deployment of 3G in the 900MHz band made further headway this week with TeliaSonera.
Finnish carriers TeliaSonera, Elisa and DNA have all been allocated additional wireless spectrum, potentially allowing them to start building out 4G mobile networks immediately.