Helsinki among the winners of the European Broadband Awards 2017

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European Broadband Awards 2017 winners were announced at the Award Ceremony on 20 November. The Helsinki Optical Fibre Cooperative project was awarded by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu and Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan for the category ‘openness and competition’.

Marttila is a small village-like neighbourhood in the Helsinki metropolitan area. As the building density is low, private telecom operators were not interested in bringing in fibre technology. As public support was given only to rural areas, the residents established a cooperative to build their own high-capacity network with 4 fibres to every connected home. This network will allow broad competition and ensure that future demands for speed or connectivity in the future will not be a problem. All planning and much of the work has been done by the cooperative members who continue to own and manage the network. Most major Finnish telecom operators are now linked to the Marttila network and compete to offer their services.
The Helsinki Optical Fibre Cooperative is an exemplary project for other regions and organisations planning broadband rollout.