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Finland : FINLAND unable to extend high-speed broadband access to every rural household

July 4, 2014

Finland will not be able to achieve its target of expanding high-speed broadband access to virtually every rural household due to the insufficiency of the finances allocated for the Broadband 2015 venture.

Internet service providers have filed more applications for aid than we can afford to disburse, says PÄivi Peltola-Ojala, a communications market specialist at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).

The aim of the Broadband 2015 project is to make sure that virtually every Finn lives within two kilometres of a high-speed broadband network. This spring, the broadband network covered 41 per cent of Finnish households.

Overall, the venture is predicted to cost 130 million euros. In addition to the Finnish Government, which has allocated 66 million euros for rolling out broadband in rural areas, the European Union and local governments have financed the roll-out ventures.

The applications currently pending at FICORA are worth nearly 40 million euros. FICORA has some 31 million euros at its disposal and predicts to be able to grant the pending applications.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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