Finland goes for Flash

23 Jun 2005

The Finnish government has awarded a single licence for a wireless broadband network based on Flash-OFDM technology. The licence has been won by French company Digita which will operate the network but not provide services itself; its concession states that it must lease capacity on the new network to third-party service providers. The Flash-OFDM system will use spectrum in the 450MHz band which has been freed up with the closure of analogue NMT mobile systems. Digita must initially roll out the broadband network in rural areas such as Lapland which are currently poorly served by high speed services, with the first services launched in September 2006 and almost the entire country to be covered by the end of 2007.