Finland’s telecom market is among the more progressive in Europe, with considerable emphasis by both the regulator and operators to test-bed technologies, particularly in the mobile sector, and provide additional spectrum for telecom services. As a result the country enjoys among the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the region. Digital media developments have progressed well since broadcasting went entirely digital in early 2008, ahead of most other European countries. This report introduces the key aspects of the Finnish telecom market, providing comprehensive data on the fixed network services sector together with an overview of key regulatory issues including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The major operators are profiled, while the telecoms infrastructure and fixed telephony services are also reviewed.
Fixed-voice subscriptions continue to fall; Finns show slow take-up for VoIP services; DNA begins company restructure; regulator’s 2012 market data update; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.