TeliaSonera has announced that it has launched a broadband TV service in the Greater Helsinki Area, which is now available to the 85,000 homes passed by its 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network. Known as Sonera Broadband TV, the new package offers an extensive selection of high definition TV channels and videos. ‘Before long, TV programmes will be provided to most living rooms in Finland via broadband, for in this way, high definition image, video-on-demand (VOD) and other interactive services can be provided to homes,’ said TeliaSonera Senior Vice President Janne Yli-Ayho. ‘For the first year, users can use the TV service free of charge, so the barrier of acquiring new experiences is low. The households with Broadband TV will be provided with the appropriate equipment, ADSL modem and digibox owned and tested by Sonera, so the viewers need not even worry about the compatibility of the equipment,’ he added.
Apart from the regular, freely available digital channels, Sonera Broadband TV customers subscribing to a basic package will gain access to four high-definition channels, namely the Discovery Channel, Silver, Voom and Luxe. The offering is supplemented by SF Anytime, a VOD service with a weekly updated selection of over 1,000 videos. The basic service is free of charge for the first twelve months.
TeliaSonera has been building a fibre optic network in the 15 largest towns in Finland: by the end of the year the network will cover 150,000 households, about half of them in the Greater Helsinki Area.