Published: 09.44 Europe/London, April 1, 2011

The Finnish authorities have awarded a third digital terrestrial television multiplex to DNA. The licence for multiplex VHF C runs through until December 31, 2016.

DNA says the new licence is an important addition to the nationwide network licences for the VHF A and VHF B multiplexes granted to the company in 2009, and allowing it to add a number of new channels to its offering in the terrestrial network.

“DNA is the largest cable TV operator in Finland. We also have a strong position in the pay-TV market. A nationwide terrestrial network will cement our position as a leading TV operator. The new licence decisions enable us to offer a very appealing bundle of the most popular pay-TV channels via our terrestrial network, and a number of top channels in high-definition on top of that,” said Pekka Väisänen, vice president of consumer business at DNA.

Construction of the multiplex will commence immediately. DNA’s current multiplexes currently serve around 80% of the country and it is expected that VHF C will reach a similar proportion by the end of 2012.

DNA launched its HDTV service using the DVB-T2 standard on January 1, 2011.

The total capacity of DNA’s VHF terrestrial network allows the broadcast of up to 11 high-definition, and some 15 standard-definition channels.