In order to tackle the challenges of connecting its widely dispersed population, Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Agency for Rural Affairs, and Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority have come together to form the Finnish national Broadband Competence Office (BCO). The BCO also provides guidance for citizens, operators and broadband project promoters on good practices, State aid rules, funding and more.

Still image from video featuring a rural Finnish landscape in winter. Above is a banner with the title: The Finnish national Broadband Competence Office.

In this video, BCO Finland representative Marianne Selkäinaho describes some of the challenges of reaching the connectivity targets in Finland, where only 54% of rural citizens have ultrafast connections. First among these is that the population is very spread out, especially in rural areas, and commercial operators are not interested in investing there.

In facing these challenges, Selkäinaho notes that participating in the European BCO Network has been very valuable, as it allows BCOs from different Member States and regions to learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge in dealing with shared challenges and a common goal.

For more information, visit BCO Finland’s website.

This video is part of a series of interviews on EU support for broadband roll-out in Europe, produced for the European Network of Broadband Competence Offices (BCO Network).

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