High-speed broadband connections needed – the preparation of a broadband strategy starts

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 12.7.2017 8.40
Press release

The Ministry of Transport and Communications will start the preparation of a national broadband strategy that aims to define Finland's broadband targets for the years 2025 and 2030 and the means to achieve them. The strategy will be technology neutral, which means it will be promoting the construction of both optical fibre connections and wireless broadband connections.

"Reliable high-speed connections are already now a necessity in our daily lives and business operations. In future, our capacity needs will grow exponentially as a result of the rapid increase in digital business operations, digital public services and recreational activities. The strategy will be designed to meet the needs of those using high-speed connections in future," says Ministry of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

Targets for the coverage and speed of broadband connections will be included in the strategy to also meet the EU broadband targets. The EU has proposed that by 2025 all European households have access to networks offering a download speed of at least 100 Mbps, which can be upgraded to 1 Gbps. Sweden has an even more ambitious target: 98 per cent of the population will have access to a download speed of 1 Gbps by 2025.

"The targets for the coverage and speed of broadband connections will be defined based on the needs of clients and users. It is therefore important to first evaluate what levels of download speed our future needs require," says Minister Berner.

The broadband strategy will also define the measures for reaching the speed and availability targets. Measures to promote the introduction of fast-speed connections should also be considered.

The strategy will also discuss the necessary spectrum policy measures for the deployment of 5G. A central measure in the strategy will be the promotion of the building of optical fibre networks.

The strategy will be prepared in broad cooperation with the sector. Close discussions with stakeholders will start in the autumn.

Inquiries: Pauli Pullinen, Senior Officer, tel. +358 40 522 1707