Finland


Government reduces stake in TeliaSonera

The Finnish government has reduced its stake in Nordic telco and pay TV operator TeliaSonera. The government sold 89 million shares or 2.1% of the company, through its state investment company Solidium, to institutional investors for SEK45.20 (€5) per share. This means that Solidium’s stake in the company is now at 11.7%. The government has […]

DNA acquires own shares, changes ownership

Finish cable operator DNA and its main shareholders have purchased a total of 2,027,167 DNA shares from Sanoma Entertainment Finland. Of these, DNA acquired 1,116,896 shares using unrestricted shareholders’ equity in accordance with the decision of the annual meeting of March 15. The total purchase price came to €99,999,962.51. After the acquisition, the company holds […]

Viasat renews NFL deal

Modern Times Group-owned pan regional broadcast group Viasat Broadcasting has renewed its deal to air American football tournament the National Football League (NFL) across Scandinavia. The five year deal will include live broadcast rights on free television and pay television as well as live simulcast rights on mobile phones and online. 
In Sweden, viewers will […]

DNA plans to expand availability of TV service

Finnish telco DNA’s digital-terrestrial network now reaches 70% of the country’s population, with the company planning to expand coverage to 100% by the end of this year. DNA said demand for pay TV services “remained steady” in the fourth quarter. The company launched pay TV services on the terrestrial network in August. DNA had 602,000 […]

TeliaSonera ends year with 1.2 million TV subs

Nordic telco TeliaSonera ended 2011 with 1.2 million pay TV customers, up from 935,000 at the end of 2010. The company passed the one million subscriber milestone in June. During the fourth quarter ending December 31, TeliaSonera passed the half million pay TV subscriber mark in Sweden, where it now has an 11% market share. […]

Fox buys Finnish channel Suomi TV

Fox has acquired Finnish free-to-air broadcaster Suomi TV. The US company’s global channels division, Fox International Channels (FIC), will fold the Finnish service into its Nordic bouquet of channels, which includes Nat Geo, Baby TV and Fox Crime. Fox has focused on the Nordic market in the last year, rolling out Fox Crime in Norway […]

DNA signs €300 million financing deal

Finnish cable operator DNA has agreed on a five year term loan and revolving credit facilities totalling €300 million. The agreement includes a €200 million revolving credit facility and a loan facility amounting to €100 million. The facilities refinance DNA’s existing facilities and will be used for general corporate purposes, DNA said.

iPlayer rolls out in Scandinavia

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, has launched in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is launching an iPad app for the global version of iPlayer. The service is also available in 11 other European markets and launched in Australia last month. Once iPad owners in Finland, […]

DNA breaks Virgin Media’s cable broadband record

Finnish cable operator DNA has delivered broadband speeds of 1.58Gbp on its network, which it claims is a world record for cable broadband speeds. DNA tested the speed of its network in collaboration with Cisco and Santa Monica Networks. The test was carried out over a distance of 20km. “Currently we are offering our customers […]

DNA names marketing chief

Finnish telco and cable operator DNA has named Kati Riikonen as vice-president, marketing, consumer business, responsible for product marketing management, brand development and coordination. She previously worked as an entrepreneur and held positions at Motorola and Nokia. DNA has also named Paula Miettinen as vice-president, marketing, corporate business.