Finland’s DNA has confirmed that the shared mobile network it started constructing in partnership with rival Sonera in spring 2015 has now been completed. In a press release confirming the development DNA noted that since beginning the project more than 760,000 people have benefited from the network rollout, with a number of those in sparsely populated areas of the country.
Having begun the network rollout in Kuusamo, under the project a total of 1,700 base stations have been built in the areas of Lapland, Kainuu, Savo, and North and South Karelia by Finnish Shared Network Ltd. The jointly constructed network now covers half of the surface area of Finland, populated by some 15% of Finns. While the construction phase of the shared network has now been completed, DNA noted that work will continue, with the infrastructure to be maintained and upgraded ‘actively’.
Commenting on the network rollout, Antti Jokinen, CEO of Finnish Shared Network, was cited as saying: ‘Although we have now completed the construction phase, which covered half of Finland, the work will continue. We will maintain and develop the network even in the future … By combining the frequencies and resources of two operators, we were able to build a 4G network that is twice as fast as would otherwise have been possible. Coverage improved not only with 4G equipment but also with 2G and 3G equipment.’