Sonera Moves Email Servers to Avoid Swedish Spy Laws
Published on: 31st Mar 2008
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Sonera's Finland operations has confirmed that it is upgrading its customer e mail system and plans to move its customers' e mail services back to Finland at the end of April. At present the servers are running on TeliaSonera's shared e mail platform in Sweden.
"We decided to move Sonera's e-mail services back to Finland in order to protect the privacy of our Finnish customers. After the migration, e-mails sent from one Finn to another will not cross Finland's borders at any stage. At the same time, we were able to modernize our entire e-mail environment, thanks to which we are now better prepared for various types of failures," says Juha-Pekka Weckstr¶m, Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland.
The removal is driven by the Swedish government's proposed law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border.
In total, the number of email boxes to be transferred is approximately 500,000 of which 450,000 are used by private customers and 50,000 by business customers. For Sonera's private broadband customers, the e-mail service is available at no charge.
Increased mailbox size
Later this spring, Sonera will increase the size of its private customers' e-mail boxes in response to customer wishes. The standard mailbox size will be 500 MB, and an additional 500 MB is available for an extra charge. Those with a separately purchased communications package will have a mailbox size of 3 GB, which can also be upgraded by 500 MB for a fee. Sonera's broadband customers can create up to 5 mailboxes free of charge. Customers' e-mail addresses remain unchanged.