Finnish Operator DNA to Expand 4G Network with New 700MHz Spectrum

Finnish Operator DNA to Expand 4G Network with New 700MHz Spectrum Image Credit: DNA

Finnish telecommunications group, DNA announced its plans to expand its 4G network using the new 700 MHz spectrum in particularly in sparsely populated areas. DNA has selected Ericsson's Radio System technology for the project.

The Operator was recently awarded the spectrum which was previously used for digital television by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. DNA, Telia Company and Elisa each paid €22 million to secure 2x10 MHz in the 700MHz spectrum in the country’s latest auction

The new frequency band scales to increasing demands on the road to 5G with multi-standard, multi-band and multi-layer technology. The system gives network operators the infrastructure they need to support growing mobile data traffic needs.

DNA's 4G network today covers 99 percent of the population in Finland. As Finns are among the most active users of mobile data in the world, it is essential to ensure future capacity of the network.

Tommy Olenius, SVP, Technology at DNA
According to Tefficient, nearly 10 gigabytes of data per month per subscription were transmitted on the average in our network already in Q1-Q3 2016, which is higher than anywhere else in the world. After that, data traffic has continued to grow. With 700 MHz frequency band we will expand our 4G network capacity especially in the thinly-populated and rural areas. 

Olli Sirkka, Country Manager, Ericsson Finland 
The Finnish regulatory authorities have made a far-reaching decision to enable outstanding connectivity in the Finnish society when granting the 700 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband usage.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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