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TeliaSonera and DNA to Jointly Cover Rural Finland

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Sonera, TeliaSonera's Finnish arm, and the local Finnish operator DNA have agreed on mobile network sharing in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern Finland.

The joint venture allows for more efficient build out and operation of radio networks in an area making up 50 percent of Finland's total territory in which only approximately 15 percent of its population live.

TeliaSonera also has a regulatory requirement to reach 99 percent population 4G-coverage in Finland by the end of 2018.

The joint venture "Suomen Yhteisverkko Oy" will build and operate a common radio access network for the parties in 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The company will own the radio network equipment and rent masts and base station facilities from the operators or third parties. The joint venture is expected to start operating in the beginning of 2015.

The operators will also combine their 800 MHz frequency blocks to offer faster 4G connections and more capacity to their customers in the area.

The joint venture will be jointly controlled, and equally governed by the consensus principle with Sonera owning 51 percent and DNA 49 percent of the company. Mr Antti Jokinen, previously Head of Networks at DNA, has been appointed CEO of the joint venture.

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