Utsjoki has the best availability of fibre-optic broadband in Finland

There are major differences in the availability of high-speed, 30 Mbps broadband lines throughout Finland. The best availability of fixed broadband lines was in the provinces of Kymenlaakso and Pohjanmaa where a high-speed broadband connection was available for over 70% of permanent residences. The best availability of optical fibre lines was in the provinces of Pohjanmaa and Uusimaa, whereas Utsjoki has the best availability in regard to individual municipalities.

During the spring of 2013, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has examined the availability of high-speed broadband lines for the first time. A 30 Mbps broadband line, implemented by fixed network technologies, is available for about two thirds of the Finnish households*. On the other hand, about one third of the Finnish households has the possibility to use an optical fibre network**, and three fourths a mobile network line.

Finnish municipalities with the best availability of optical fibre lines:

1. Utsjoki
2. Municipality of Pedersöre
2. Jakobstad
4. Nykarleby
5. Larsmo
6. Loviisa
7. Kristinestad
8. Kumlinge
9. Lapinjärvi
10. Vaasa

- Municipality-specific differences in the availability of high-speed broadband, especially broadband implemented by optical fibre, are surprisingly large. The best availability for optical fibre lines is not in the Helsinki metropolitan area, but in the municipality of Utsjoki, where the population is small while the surface area is rather large, states Communications Market Specialist Tapio Oikarainen.

Municipalities have a significant role in the building of high-speed broadband networks in rural areas

The municipality of Utsjoki has been a part of the Broadband for everyone project, launched by the Government in 2008, from an early stage. During the project, FICORA has granted state aid worth about about €1.5 million for the optical fibre network built in the municipality of Utsjoki. The municipality has also participated in the building of the network with a significant share. The network in Utsjoki has been implemented by TeliaSonera Finland Oyj.

- The active role and the involvement of the municipality and the Regional Council of Lapland from the very beginning of the government-funded broadband project is clearly seen in our comparison. Especially in rural areas, the municipalities have been active, which plays a very significant role in the building of high-speed broadband networks. The municipality must be aware of the benefits of a high-speed broadband network, and therefore it has to be prepared to invest in the project, states Päivi Peltola-Ojala, Head of Broadband and Media Group.

According to an objective set in the European Commissions' Digital Agenda, a 30 Mbps broadband line will be available to all Europeans by 2020. In 2008, the Finnish government set an objective according to which a broadband 100 Mbps will be available to nearly all Finns by the end of 2015.

Further information about the availability of the high-speed broadband network in Finland can found at FICORA's website.

Further information:

Päivi Peltola-Ojala, Head of Broadband and Media Group, tel. +358 295 390 539
Tapio Oikarainen, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 538

* In the national availability figures for the fixed network, the combined availability area of the telecoms operators' networks have been taken into account in each municipality so that the maximum availability in an individual municipality is 100%. The municipalities have been ranked according to an individual telecommunications operator's most extensive network. In that case, the areas that are not within the availability area of the telecommunications operator that has built the most extensive network, have not been taken into account.

The national availability figure and the municipality-specific figure have been calculated by different methods. The estimate of the national availability is probably slightly more extensive than in reality, because telecoms operators' networks partially overlap with each other. For mobile network, the availability information is based on coverage maps, which means that the similar inaccuracy does not exist. For mobile network, HSDPA-DC (2100 Mhz) and LTE technologies (1800 and 2600 Mhz) have been taken into account.

** When examining optical fibre lines, only the availability implemented by means of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) or Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) solutions, has been taken into account.

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