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New frequencies allocated to telecommunications companies allowing them to build 4G mobile networks

Topical 24.04.2009 13.29

TeliaSonera, Elisa and DNA have been allocated additional frequencies enabling them to start building fourth generation (4G) mobile networks. The frequencies are located in the 1,800 MHz band, which will make Finland the first country in Europe to allow the use of 4G LTE technology at such low frequencies.

As a result, fast 4G networks can be provided with a substantially wider coverage at a lower cost than commonly used 2,600 MHz networks, which require a considerably larger number of base stations.

According to the Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén, the decision is unique and it means that wireless networks capable of transferring data more efficiently can now be introduced in Finland more rapidly.