The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has said that all of the country’s citizens should be able to access broadband services at speeds of at least 1Mbps by July 2010. The move comes as part of proposed universal service obligations (USO) under which downlink speeds of 100Mbps are to be made available to the entire population by 2016. The ministry has also said that by the end of the year it will have determined which of the country’s operators will be called on to provide services under the USO. Communications minister Suvi Linden has claimed that the implementation of the government targets will increase rural vitality, as well as improving and enhancing conditions for businesses nationwide. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the MTC has previously announced that it expects to draft a new plan of action in 2012 with reference to the broadband sector to prepare for the period beyond 2015.
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