Cable Congress 2010 – Brussels: Welho, Finland’s largest cable operator, has announced a new range of broadband products that will offer its subscribers speeds of between 10 and 200 Mbps.
The move will support a national plan of action initiated by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications to have 100 Mbps connections available to the entire population by 2015.
”For us the speed is simply a means to an end. We are launching our new speed range because we want our cable customers to experience all the amazing and useful services on the Internet, like never before,” says Johan Flykt, the President of Welho.
Already 40% of Finns aged 15-64 who use the Internet are watching TV-like content and 28% of Finnish households watch full TV programmes on domestic TV broadcasters’ catch-up sites.
”The popularity of catch-up TV and online video viewing is growing fast, as well as the numbers of connected home devices,” says Flykt. “The new bandwidth-intensive services together with increasing simultaneous use of connected devices make it obvious that the consumers’ demand for more bandwidth keeps rising.”
The new range will include speeds of 10, 40, 110 and 200 Mbps. Rollout will commence in March following a successful trial at the end of 2009.