Challenges and opportunities in achieving digital single european market suvi lindén

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Challenges and opportunities in achieving digital single european market suvi lindén

  1. 1. Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving a Digital Single European Market IFCLA Helsinki, July 2010 Ms Suvi Lindén Minister of Communications www.lvm.fi 15.06.10
  2. 2. 1 Mbit/s by 2010  Current situation:  ADSL covers currently more than 96 % of households  Households up to 99 % are already now reached by ADSL or wireless connections  By July 1st, 2010:  Every permanent residence must have a reasonably priced access to a fixed or wireless subscriber connection with an average downstream rate of at least 1 Mbit/s.  The rate of 1 Mbit/s has been defined as a universal service but no public funding will be used. This will bring as to nearly 100 %  Reasonable price for everyone  The service provider may decide the technology it will use  One of the universal service operators has appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court www.lvm.fi 15.06.10
  3. 3. 100 Mbit/s to everyone by 2015  Plan of Action approved by the Finnish Government in December 2008: “By the end of 2015 all permanent residences shall be within two kilometres reach of high-speed connection permitting at least 100 Mbps connections.” – In built-up areas telecom operators will build high-speed connections on market terms. This will achieve a population coverage of around 95%. – Extending the coverage to 100% will require that partly subsidised high-speed connections will be built to around 130,000 households in rural areas.  In subsidized rural areas’ projects – Telecom operator pays at least one third – Public aid – two thirds – in rural areas will be provided by the state, municipalities and the EU.  State budget 66 million euros  EAFRD 25 million euros  Municipalities 41 million euros – Consumers will at their own expense acquire the subscriber connection up to the length of two kilometres www.lvm.fi 15.06.10

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