" The policy and future perspectives of the mobile telecommunication including 3G in Finland and Europe"

Guest Speaker:
Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Minister for Transport & Communications
The November Luncheon meeting was held on Friday the 16th at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel. The meeting was attended by 162 persons, including the Minister's delegation, a Business Delegation, the National Technology Agency's Nets program group, representatives for Japanese Ministries and press, as well as participants in the Elcoteq seminar held after the meeting.

Minister heinon pointed out two reasons why Finland has advanced as a mobile telecomunications country and a knowledge-based society.
One reason is that Finland has had free competition in both the service provider market and manufacturing places without any incumbent wired operators. Free competition fosters innovative research and development.
Another important reason is that Finland greatly increased government funding in research and development. The Government and the industry have invested around 3 % of GDP annually.

Minister Heinonen noted also that although Finnish and Japanese are very different languages, we understand each other very well when the subject is mobile communication. Japan was the first country to introduce 3G, and Finland will be the first in Europe, starting test service in early 2002.

Full transcript of Minister Heinonen's speech.
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Guest speaker:
Minister Olli-Pekka Heinonen
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Part of the Business Delegation listening to Minister Heinonen's presentation.
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The meeting was attended by 162 persons.