Posted: October 30, 2013

TeliaSonera’s subsidiary in Finland, Sonera, invests in new 4G frequencies in the 800 MHz band. The Ministry of Transport and Communications today announced the results of the 800 MHz license auction that started in January 2013. Sonera secured 2 x 10 MHz frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

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The new frequencies will enable a significant increase in 4G coverage and constitute an important step in creating Finland’s most extensive mobile broadband network.

The licenses granted for the 800 MHz band are valid for 20 years starting from 2014, and the price for the new frequency blocks is EUR 41.2 million including the administrative fees for the auction. The payment to Ficora will be made in five parts during the next five years.

Sonera has already built 4G (LTE) network on the 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequencies, with a population coverage of 40 percent The license includes requirements to build a 4G coverage of 95 percent in 3 years and 99 percent in 5 years, where the 4G coverage built in other frequencies is also included.

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