The Finnish news agency is reporting that TeliaSonera Finland, a subsidiary of Nordic telecoms group TeliaSonera, is set to raise fixed line broadband prices in sparsely populated areas of the county by at least 25%. The increases are believed to have been motivated by finance, with rural connections reportedly remaining unprofitable for the operator. Juha-Pekka Weckstrom, the head of TeliaSonera Finland’s broadband business, noted, ‘This is due to higher installation and servicing costs and due to TeliaSonera having a vast number of fixed line network connections in sparsely-populated areas where customer loss has been the greatest, and a small number in towns where the broadband business is the most profitable.’ Wireless broadband prices are expected to remain unchanged. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TeliaSonera is currently the second largest broadband operator by subscribers in Finland, claiming 29% of the sector at the end of June 2008, trailing rival Elisa, which held 32% at that time.
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