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Entire Iceland’s Ring Road in Mobile Connection

Mobile connection has now been established on Iceland’s entire Highway No. 1, the Ring Road, after telecommunication company Síminn turned on a new transmitter on Krókháls in Nordurárdalur valley in Borgarfjördur, west Iceland, at a special ceremony yesterday.

After the connection had been established, Síminn CEO Saevar Freyr Thráinsson received a phone call from Minister of Transport Kristján Möller while both of them were located on Krókháls. According to Morgunbladid, the connection was good.

Thráinsson said the project had gone fairly smoothly although bad weather and off-road conditions had made its execution challenging at times. Many of the transmitters are located in areas where there are no roads. Attendees of yesterday’s ceremony were transported to Krókháls with five giant trucks.

Yesterday, a phase was completed which Síminn and the Telecommunication Fund agreed upon in January 2007.

The agreement stated that Síminn would establish a mobile phone connection on the entire Ring Road, five mountain roads and a few isolated tourist destinations.

The Telecommunication Fund however reached an agreement with telecommunication company Vodafone to complete the next phase of the project, which is scheduled to be completed by January 1, 2009.

The next phase involves the establishment of mobile phone connections for large areas, including the West Fjords, northeast Iceland and Snaefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland.

Síminn is now preparing to establish a long-range 3G system and Thráinsson said Iceland will be among the first countries to establish such a system. “We will succeed in covering the entire country in the next two years or so.”

Möller said the next project which the Telecommunication Fund will undertake in relation to telecommunication in rural Iceland is to establish a high-speed internet connection for at least 1,200 farms around Iceland.

The Telecommunication Fund was founded in 2005 following the sale of the National Telephone Company (Landssíminn). The state treasury allocated around ISK 2.5 billion (USD 31 million, EUR 20 million) to the fund as initial capital.

The fund’s purpose is to finance the development of governmental telecommunication projects and are not necessarily undertaken to make profit.

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