DNA has completed the construction of its terrestrial network in Finland. Today’s switch on of the final transmitter in Palomäki, Kouvola means that 85% of households are now covered.
The DNA Welho offers 19 pay-TV channels, and nine HD channels.
“DNA’s channel offering for both cable and terrestrial networks is the most extensive in Finland. We also offer the highest number of HD channels. It is very important for us to be able to provide versatile high-quality television services not only for the cable but the terrestrial network, too,” said Mikko Saarentaus, DNA’s director of television services.
Introduction of new technology, and genuine competition should be promoted
DNA’s innovative terrestrial network utilises the masts of DNA’s mobile communications network. The solution, implemented using the single frequency network mode SFN, which utilises frequencies efficiently, transmits broadcasts in the VHF frequency band. DNA has completed plans on how to increase network coverage to 98 per cent and cover the remaining households with other technologies.
At a DNA organized event in Helsinki communications minister Krista Kiuru said while the introduction of new technology was a priority it would be done while ensuring that current devices need not be abandoned until they reach the end of their lifecycle.
DNA was awarded its HD licence three years ago and uses VHF spectrum previously used by analogue signals.