- Communications in Finland
Finlandhas excellent communications, and is considered one of the most advanced information societies in the world. [ [http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25850 Communications superpower — Virtual Finland ] ]
Telephones - main lines in use:2.368 million (2004)
Telephones - mobile cellular:4.988 million (2004)
Telephone system:"General Assessment:"Modern system with excellent service.
Digital fiber-opticfixed-line network and an extensive cellular networkprovide domestic needs. There are two major cellular network providers with independent networds ( Elisaand Sonera). There are several smaller providers such as DNA, which may have independent networks in smaller areas, but are generally dependent on rented networks. There is a great variety of cellular providers and contracts, and competition is particularly fierce.
"International:"Country code - 358; 1
submarinecable ( Finland EstoniaConnection); satellite earth stations - access to Intelsattransmission service via a Swedish satelliteearth station, 1 Inmarsat( Atlanticand Indian Oceanregions); note - Finland shares the Inmarsat earth station with the other Nordic countries( Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).
Radio and Television
There is a national public radio and television company
Yleisradio(Yle), which is funded by television licensefees, and two major private media companies, Alma Mediaand SanomaWSOY, with national TV channels. Yle maintains four TV channels YLE1, YLE2, Teema and FST5. There are four advertising-funded, national channels: Alma Media has MTV3and SubTV, and SanomaWSOY has Nelonenand JIM. There are also a lot of pay-TV channels.
Radio broadcast stations:
FM186, shortwave1 (1998)
Television broadcast stations:120 (plus 431 repeaters) (1999)
Television is broadcasted as digital (
DVB-T) only since August 2007. On cable, only digital ( DVB-C) will be broadcasted from 2008 on.
Internet country code: .fi
Internet hosts:1,503,976 (2005)
Internet users:3.286 million (2005)
* [http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25850 Virtual Finland - Communications superpower (including statistics)]
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