Bill Zhang

Friday, November 11, 2005

Finland: Mobile TV network license generates interest

Finland will be the first European country to open a commercial mobile television network. The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications will open a competitive bidding process for the network license on 14 November 2005. The period of application for the license will end on 31 January 2006.

Finnish network company Digita is interested in the license. The telecom company Elisa is also planning to apply for the license, and Finnish-Swedish TeliaSonera has not excluded the possibility of applying either.
New network technology has been trialled in the Helsinki metropolitan area, and operators have received positive feedback from users. According to Pekka Pesari, TeliaSonera's Development manager, consumers are also willing to pay for the service. The trial also revealed some deficiencies. Changing the channel takes too long, for example.