Priority Wireless Lands Finnish Broadband License

STOCKHOLM (04/13/2000) - European broadband communications provider United Pan-Europe Communications NV (UPC) today announced that its wireless communications subsidiary, Priority Wireless, has been awarded a broadband fixed wireless access license covering nine regions in Finland, including the Nordic country's capital, Helsinki.

Under the terms for the license, set by Finland's regulatory body, Priority Wireless is required to have at least a part of the network implemented by May 2001. The annual fee for the 26GHz-band license is about 12,000 euros (US$11,430), UPC said in a statement.

UPC did not disclose how much the planned wireless network will cost to build.

The company said it that aims to use the wireless network to offer high-speed Internet and telephone services to both residential and business customers.

The service areas covered by the Finnish license boast a combined population of almost 2 million people, bringing to more than 50 million the total number of potential users UPC will reach with the four wireless broadband licenses the company now has secured in Europe, the company said.

In addition to Finland, UPC said that it recently also has been granted similar wireless local-loop licenses in Norway, Spain and Switzerland. [See "UPC Starts Fixed Wireless Access Network in Norway," Apr. 3.]UPC, in Amsterdam, can be reached at +31-651-367049, or via the Web at http://www.upccorp.com/.

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