6 Nov 2008
Finnish cellco DNA has announced that it is building hundreds of new UMTS 900MHz base stations across the country, as it aims to increase its 3G coverage, particularly in sparsely populated regions. DNA is aiming to cover all major municipal centres, residential and recreational areas via the new stations by the end of 2009, and the first commercial services on the new equipment are expected by the end of 2008. Sites confirmed for installations includes Eno, Espoo, Hollola, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Kangasala, Kangasniemi, Kirkkonummi, Kiuruvesi, Kontiolahti, Kristiina, Kruunupyy, Kuusamo, Nokia, Parkano, Pyhäjärvi, Pyhäselkä, Pöytyä, Seinäjoki, Tohmajärvi, Uusikaarlepyy, Vantaa, Viitasaari and Ähtäri.
DNA has stated that it will also continue the construction of its existing 3G network using its allotted 2100MHz spectrum, noting that base stations for this frequency are being added on a weekly basis across Finland. At the end of October 2008 DNA’s 3G network covered approximately 200 localities, with more than 75% of the country’s population within its coverage area.