Finnish operator Elisa Mobile has launched the Nordic region’s first commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network. Nokia has implemented HSDPA in the whole of Elisa’s 3G network in Finland, which covers the capital Helsinki, as well as Joensuu, Kuopio, Oulu, Salo, Turku, Tampere and Vaasa, and around 30 other towns and cities across the country.
Meanwhile, the cellco’s parent company Elisa Corporation has announced the sale of part of its wireline broadband network, inclusive of customer contracts, in the Tampere, Jyväskylä and Riihimäki regions. The infrastructure is part of the Saunaverkko network acquired by Elisa in its takeover of rival telco Saunalahti, completed in December 2005. Regulatory approval for the deal was conditional on Elisa promising to divest Saunalahti’s broadband networks business to ensure fair competition. Elisa has also sold its Saunaverkko network exclusive of customer contracts in Helsinki. The value of the deals was not disclosed.