Saunalahti transfers broadband to Elisa network, expands nationwide

22 Feb 2006

Finnish telco Saunalahti has expanded the availability of its broadband services nationwide by utilising the network of its new parent Elisa Communications. Elisa completed its takeover of former domestic rival Saunalahti in December 2005, but regulatory approval for the deal was conditional on Elisa promising to divest Saunalahti’s broadband networks business to ensure fair competition. Elisa was ordered to sell Saunalahti’s broadband network inclusive of customer agreements in the regions of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Riihimäki, and the network in Helsinki, though the telco was permitted to retain the customer base in the capital. Saunalahti now offers all of its high speed internet services over Elisa’s nationwide network. Its packages start at EUR17.90 per month for its basic 256kbps service.

Finland, Elisa Corporation,

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