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Empower and Sonera delivered an optical fibre network for 7,000 homes in record time

Press Release   •   Jul 04, 2013 06:34 GMT

During the past spring and early summer commissioned by Sonera, Empower Oy built an optical fibre network in record time for Jyväskylän Vuokra-asunnot Oy. Thanks to a well-planned and well-executed project, over 7,000 households in Jyväskylä got access to super-fast broadband connections and comprehensive cable TV services in record time.

"The challenge was an extremely tight schedule. Even though the work was started only at the beginning of February, the network construction was completed as early as mid-June. This regardless of the exceptional extent of the project. In all 36 kilometres of cable ditch was dug, 67 kilometres of cables were laid and almost 230 properties were connected to the network.  Despite the challenging timetable, the commissioning took place as agreed on 28 July," says Petri Lindtman, project manager for Empower Oy.

"The aim was to give the customers broadband service faster than what had been possible in these kinds of projects before. The long winter made the timetable especially challenging, since digging is extremely difficult and expensive during winter. The deadline was met thanks to excellent cooperation and we managed to make the services available to the customers just before summer holidays," says Lasse Myllylä, departmental manager responsible for the project at Sonera.

The successful project was based on extremely good cooperation and flexible activities between all the parties to the project. "It has been important to Empower, Sonera, the City of Jyväskylä and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment that the demanding project timetable was met and cooperation was excellent.  In fact, a large part of the rapid progress of the project was due to the project design and work management team as well as technicians participating in the construction. Flexible activities between all the parties made the success of this project possible," says Lindtman.

Further information:

Jari Leppäalho, project director, Empower Oy,
Tel. +358 50 5365824
Email: jari.leppaalho[at]empower.fi

Lasse Myllylä, departmental manager, Sonera
Tel. +358 400 904470
Email: lasse.myllyla[at]teliasonera.com

Empower is a multinational service company which helps keep the wheels of society running and improves the competitiveness of customers. Empower builds, installs, maintains and repairs electricity and telecom networks, maintains power plants and factories and delivers ICT solutions. Empower provides services in dozens of locations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Turnover in 2012 was EUR 366 million, and the company has about 3,000 employees. www.empower.fi

Sonera offers telecom, communications and television services to consumers, companies and organisations in Finland. Our services connect people with communities and things that are important for them as well as increase the comfort and quality of everyday life. For companies, we create communication solutions supporting sustainable development, which free up time and energy for productive work and growth. At the end of 2012, Sonera had 4.4 million fixed-line and mobile communication network subscribers. Sonera employs 4,000 people and the company operates on approximately 30 locations around Finland. www.sonera.fi

Sonera is a part of the TeliaSonera Group, which operated in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, the emerging markets in Eurasia including Russia and Turkey, and Spain. www.teliasonera.fi

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