Ommeltu Intl.–Finnish for “stiched, sewn”–is one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. It began as a simple concern collecting rags for papermaking in 1919, but under the visionary leadership of Tove Canth the business quickly evolved.

Canth began using a series of couriers and telegraph lines to coordinate rag deliveries from outlying towns; before long the Ommeltu ragmen were traveling faster than the official Finnish government couriers. Canth cannily began offering his services to the government and having his couriers and embedded telegraph operators pass on and sell newsletters and newspapers. By the time the Winter War quadrupled his business overnight, Canth owned the largest Finnish telecommunications company.

After Canth’s 1947 retirement, the company expanded into a variety of new sectors–telephone, television, cellular telephones. Profits soared throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, and as of FY 2004 the market appears poised to continue this upward trend.