The Finland government has granted operator Digita a license for a mobile broadband network using Flarion's FLASH-OFDM technology. Of the seven proposals the government received, five involved Flarion's technology.

Nonstandard FLASH-OFDM is designed to deliver secure, high-speed, IP-based broadband access through wireless connectivity. The technology enables download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps, with burst rates up to 3.2 Mbps, which competes with wireline broadband offerings.

Digita will build the network in the 450 MHz band. The country's decision will represent the first nationwide deployment of OFDM, Flarion says. The first stage of the network is scheduled to be on line in September 2006, followed by stage two in December 2007 and stage three in September 2009.

Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications Leena Luhtanen says the decision to use Flarion's technology will implement the national broadband strategy's focal points on promoting mobile broadband, adding that the choice of technology is "progressive even on (an) international scale."

"The Finnish decision will have huge reverberations throughout Europe, in the 450 MHz spectrum and beyond," says Andrew Gilbert, Flarion's vice president and general manager, EMEA.

Finland is not only home to global handset maker Nokia, but it also is known for logging the first GSM call in 1991.

Flarion's technology also is being used in The Netherlands, Tokyo; Washington, D.C.; and Australia.

In October 2004, Siemens agreed to begin offering an end-to-end solution for the 450 MHz band based on Flarion's FLASH-OFDM technology.