Directive to reduce costs of setting up communications networks

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 10.7.2014 10.25
Press release

Moves are under way to bring down costs of setting up fast communications networks by implementing a directive on the shared construction of broadband. The directive applies to all networks that maintain infrastructure.

The aim of the directive on shared construction is to promote the shared use and construction of various networks that maintain infrastructure. Another goal is to simplify the licensing process and to establish a more uniform procedure when fast broadband networks are installed in new buildings and older buildings under renovation.

In addition to communications networks, the directive applies to all infrastructures into which elements of a communications network can be installed, such as electricity, gas, district heating, and transport networks, as well as water, drainage, and sewage infrastructure, with the exception of drinking water pipelines.

With respect to communications networks, the directive primarily allows operators to use the infrastructure of other network operators under reasonable conditions. Other network operators will be obliged to accept requests of broadband operators.

Minister of Education and Communications Krista Kiuru is pleased at the possible savings that the directive brings with it.

- Shared use and shared construction reduce construction costs and hopefully will accelerate the deployment of broadband. The directive sets only the minimum requirements, making it possible to evaluate whether or not it is possible in Finland to promote the joint construction of networks more extensively than the directive aims to do, Minister Kiuru ponders.

According to the minister, a group will be set up in the autumn to examine the project. One of its aims will be to study how the goals of the directive can best be realised in Finland.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has sent its memorandum on the manner to interested parties for comment. The deadline for responses is 29 August 2014.

The directive, which has been passed in the EU, must take effect in Finland by the beginning of 2016.

Further information
Ms Laura Vilkkonen, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, Director of Unit, tel. +358 295 34 2391 (until 18 July)
Ms Elina Thorstöm, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 34 2393 (from 21 July)