Blog / 23.10.2017

Your Finnish business at the heart of the Internet

Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier

The great thing about operating a business in Finland is that you’re at the heart of the action. Finnish businesses are very well positioned,

right at the centre of world commerce. And if you’re thinking, that’s not what it looks like on the map, well, you’re probably looking at the wrong one.






Telia's network connects billions of people all over the world

This is Telia Carrier’s network map, and it might just change your perception of Finland’s place in the world. It depicts the Telia Carrier Internet Backbone – one of the world’s great networks, more 65,000 kms of fiber, wrapped around the globe. If your business has a Finnish presence, connecting to our backbone taps you directly into the global Internet. That means a direct connection to leading content and service providers, tech giants, and operators alike – not to mention billions of people all over the world. It also puts you as close as you can be to all your offices, data centres, and cloud services, wherever they may be.


Finland has long been one of the world’s most connected and tech savvy countries, perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything a global backbone has to offer. And in today’s digitalized marketplace – when almost every business needs to be some form of tech business to survive – the range of companies that need backbone connectivity is rapidly growing.


Explosive unpredictable growth

It’s not just the big providers and tech giants. Carrier services are vital to datacenter and cloud providers, gaming platforms, applications providers, CDNs, mobile operators, voice providers, financial institutions, and many more. Their needs vary considerably, from IP transit to dedicated connections between datacenters and straightforward network hardware or resource management. But one common factor for all is considerable, yet unpredictable growth.


The “old” world of capacity planning meant managing bandwidth within a predictable upward trajectory. But online businesses must now find ways of managing erratic traffic peaks and bursts.


To give you an idea of what that can look like, Telia Denmark recently experiences a 3.5-fold spike in their network traffic when an episode of “Game of Thrones” was released at three o’clock in the morning… just another example of what a dragon can do. Accommodating such highly fluid network consumption patterns requires significant bandwidth – one of the great carrier advantages.


The backbone of your business

At Telia Carrier, we designed, built – and constantly refine – our network to deliver scalable, flexible services that meet all our customers’ current and future bandwidth needs. So from your presence in Finland, you can tap directly into a network that lets you scale up your capacity, not your complexity.


Finland has long been one of the world’s most connected and tech savvy countries.

When you go global, every second of downtime hurts. But as they say in the undersea cable business, “ships happen” – the best cables in the world get cut by anchors, earthquakes, accidents, and interventions, and all the bandwidth in the world is worthless without global connectivity. Fortunately, though, if you connect from Helsinki, five separate cables are in place to make sure your data always has a path to the world. If one link goes down, another will seamlessly pick up the load.


Beyond physical resilience, businesses increasingly need the assurance of systems security. In this respect, the Telia Carrier backbone also offers Finish businesses the “cleanest” networks in the world, with excellent information security enforced by strict control and monitoring. If we detect even the slightest deviation in data traffic, we immediately act to protect customers from harm.


In all aspects – reach, size, capacity, resilience, performance, and security, Telia Carrier’s IP backbone, AS1299 is ahead of the pack. It has grown organically and now occupies the number one spot in Dyn’s global backbone rankings. We were the first network to become 100G-enabled in both Europe and the US. Our global network footprint connects more than 230 Points of Presence (PoPs) across Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. And we have customers in 116 countries, operations in 33 of these, and network presence in 108 cities worldwide.


All of that is available to your business. Right now. Right here in Finland.


With over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded. Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within Telia Carrier and most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he is Telia Carriers Chief Evangelist.


Reaching out to the world? Telia Finland’s business customers can utilize the global number one backbone of Telia Carrier to connect with their own branches, data centres, cloud services, and billions of people – wherever they may be.