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Finland: Government grants DNA terrestrial licences

The Finnish Government granted DNA terrestrial network operating licences in the VHF network in multiplexes VHF A, VHF B and VHF C, for a ten-year period beginning in January 2017. The renewed network operating licences enable DNA to continue the development of the terrestrial TV network according to plan.

The new operating licences set an 80 per cent population coverage obligation for DNA’s terrestrial network. DNA’s terrestrial network, based on the DVB-T2 distribution technology, and in operation since 2010, already covers 85 per cent of the Finnish population. In addition, DNA is Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both the cable and terrestrial networks.

The almost twenty TV channels offered in DNA’s terrestrial network at present are all high-definition services, including all four HD channels of YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation.

Terrestrial network competition benefits both consumers and TV companies

“We are extremely pleased to have been granted these terrestrial network operating licences. They enable us to continue our long-term efforts in developing the television business and the service offering in the terrestrial network,” says Pekka Väisänen, Senior Vice President, Consumer Business.

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