The Finnish government has reaped €3.8 million in spectrum auctions which will facilitate the construction of 4G, mobile and broadband networks
. The spectrum auction, which closed on Monday after five days and 27 rounds, was the first ever held by the Finnish government.
Four carriers secured the licenses in the 2500-2690 Mhz band with Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera bidding € 810,200 for 50 MHz, Elisa bidding €834,700 for 50 MHz, and DNA paying € 675,700 for 40 MHz. All three were granted permits to build LTE networks.
Finland’s Pirkanmaan Verkko won a permit to build a Wimax network after bidding €1.47 million for 50 MHz.
Minister of Communications Suvi Linden said that the ministry would “assess the results of the trial auction and the impact it will have in future.”
A report on the auction will be submitted to Parliament in autumn 2010.
The Finnish government plans to offer high-speed broadband connections with a speed of at least 100 Mbps to nearly all Finns by the end of 2015. The first step is to secure broadband of at least 1 Mbps by July 2010.