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Finland - Digital Economy and Digital TV - Insights, Statistics and Analysis


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Finland’s market for digital media and TV is among the most advanced in Europe. The country was one of the first to switch from analogue to digital transmission, while digital terrestrial TV has been operating since mid-2001. Interactive TV has also progressed well, as had mobile TV with its two competing providers. TeliaSonera, cablecos and other providers offer bundled services to a growing market, while network upgrades have helped consumer access to services. The government’s plan for every household to have fibre-based 100Mb/s connections by 2015 will dramatically improve the commercial potential of convergent services and IP-delivered content providers. This report presents a comprehensive overview of Finland’s broadcast platforms and major service providers, and notes the status of digital TV and emerging triple play services.

Key developments:

Government begins licensing round to utilise capacity in the A, G, VHF A and VHF B multiplexes; DNA upgrades broadband network to 200Mb/s, launches pay-TV service; TV licence fee to be replaced with new tax from 2013; regulator’s 2012 market data; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Helsinki Television, Sonera Cable, Canal+, Elisa, DNA, Yleisradio Oy.


1. Synopsis
2. Digital media
2.1 Key general trends
2.2 Business models – bundled services
3. Digital TV
3.1 Overview
3.2 National licences
3.3 Regional licences
3.4 Digital dividend
3.5 Broadband (IPTV)
3.6 Cable TV
3.6.1 Helsinki Television Ltd (HTV)
3.6.2 Sonera Cable
3.6.3 Canal+
3.6.4 Elisa
3.6.5 DNA
3.7 Satellite-based digital pay-TV developments
3.8 Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
3.8.1 Yleisradio (YLE)
3.9 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
3.10 VoIP
3.11 Interactive TV (iTV)
4. Related reports
Table 1 – Digital TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2013
Table 2 – Digital TV reception by technology – 2008 - 2012
Table 3 – TV and radio revenue – 2003 – 2013
Table 4 – Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2004
Table 5 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2013
Table 6 – Sonera Cable TV subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 7 – Elisa cable TV subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 8 – DNA cable TV subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 9 – Historic - Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
Table 10 – Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2012
Chart 1 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 – Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media

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