Caruna to sell telecommunication masts to Digita
Communications network company Digita and electricity network company Caruna have agreed upon the sale of masts decommissioned by Caruna to Digita.
“The improvement of Finland’s competitiveness is based on smart infrastructure. Smart infrastructure needs to be built in cooperation with different operators. This means that stronger cooperation between different sectors and the companies operating in them is needed in Finland. Building cooperation like this requires a strong commitment from all parties, and the recently concluded mast sale is an excellent example of new and cost-effective smart infrastructure construction based on a circular economy,” says Kosti Rautiainen, Director of Caruna’s Electrical Network Unit, explaining the background of the deal.
The companies have agreed to a transaction that will involve transferring ownership of Caruna’s telecommunication masts to Digita. The masts are located across Caruna’s operating area. The southernmost masts are located in Leppävaara in Espoo and on the Islands of Turku, while the northernmost ones are located in Posio, Lapland.
The masts were previously used to manage the electricity network, transmitting information via radio between Caruna’s network control station and primary substations. The radio network has been replaced with fibre-optic, satellite and mobile connections, and Caruna no longer has a use for the masts. Digita, on the other hand, can utilise the masts as part of its extensive and reliable IoT network and to offer high-quality infrastructure services to other telecommunications operators.
“We are pleased to be able to utilise Caruna’s existing masts to offer new and increasingly diverse telecommunications services. The significance of mast infrastructure is growing with the introduction of new technologies such as 5G and the services that come with them. At Digita, we want to offer our operator customers ever more comprehensive services and to help develop mobile networks in Finland by doing so,” says Digita’s COO Markus Ala-Hautala.
Caruna Oy, Ville Karttunen, Head of New Business, tel. +358 50 453 4205, ville.karttunen(a)caruna.fi
Digita Oy, Markus Ala-Hautala, COO, tel. +358 400 549 023, markus.ala-hautala(a)digita.fi
Caruna distributes electricity and maintains, repairs and builds a weatherproof electricity network for its approximately 700 000 customers in South, Southwest and West Finland, as well as in the city of Joensuu, the sub-region of Koillismaa and Satakunta. In order to guarantee a reliable electricity supply to its customers under all circumstances, Caruna supervises its network 24/7. A weatherproof smart electricity network also provides a well-functioning energy system for the future when digital services increase, the traffic is electrified, and the consumer becomes a producer of energy. www.caruna.fi, Twitter @CarunaSuomi
Digita is a provider of digital infrastructure and services, and is Finland’s largest independent owner of telecommunication masts. The company owns and operates Finland’s leading terrestrial network for nationwide TV and radio transmissions, is a pay-TV operator on the terrestrial television network and develops broadcasting services for the future. Digita’s telecommunications services include private networks, indoor coverage solutions, management services for rooftop telecommunications installations, IoT and data center services. The company provides services to media companies, consumers, mobile phone operators, industry, infrastructure enterprises and real estate owners. Digita employs 180 industry professionals nationwide.