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Finland - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Finland - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Finland has developed one of most advanced mobile markets in Europe, and just as it was in the forefront of LTE developments so has it emerged as one of the pioneers in testing 5G. The regulator in late 2016 auctioned spectrum in the 700MHz to extend the availability of LTE services nationally, while it also planned to make available to network operators spectrum in the 3.5GHz band by the end of 2018. This band is one of the pioneer bands which have been assigned for 5G across Europe. The Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is involved in trialling 5G technologies, mainly in cooperation with Elisa.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has slowed, in line with the high penetration, while the market has shifted to mobile data and mobile broadband. To this end the network operators have concentrated on network upgrades, providing improved mobile broadband services to the 99% of the population already covered by LTE. Although market competition and regulated tariffs and termination rates have put pressure on operator revenue. In June April 2018 DNA successfully petitioned for a year's extension to retail roaming tariffs after these were abolished across the European Union.

This report provides statistics and research on the Finnish mobile market, including key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, the growth of mobile data services and the development of emerging technologies and networks such as HSPA, LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

Telia and Finnish postal service pilot smart mail boxes with NB-IoT;
DNA upgrades core and regional networks in preparation for 5G;
Elisa upgrades infrastructure in Turku in preparation for 5G services;
Finnish and Swedish regulators agree on use of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G in border areas;
Regulator concedes roaming charge extension to June 2019;
Telia expands LTE-A footprint;
DNA trials Gigabit LTE service using carrier aggregation technology;
Nokia and Telia trial NB-IoT using spectrum in the 800MHz band;
Telia and DNA make progress with joint mobile network to deliver services in Northern and Eastern Finland;
3.5GHz spectrum available for 5G from the beginning of 2019;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, DNA, Elisa, Digita.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Operator market shares
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.1.1 450MHz
4.1.2 700MHz
4.1.3 800MHz
4.1.4 900MHz
4.1.5 1.8GHz
4.1.6 2.6GHz
4.2 Roaming
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.5 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G developments
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.3 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
5.2.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.5 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Access (OFDMA)
5.2.6 Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)
5.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2)
5.4 Internet of Things (IoT)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Telia
6.2 DNA
6.3 Elisa
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Location based services
7.2 Mobile TV
7.3 TETRA
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue 1998 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue 2010 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile network revenue 2006 - 2016
Table 4 Mobile network investment 2009 - 2016
Table 5 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 8 Average mobile ARPU 2008 - 2017
Table 9 Active prepaid subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 10 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2006 - 2017
Table 11 Mobile data traffic 2006 - 2018
Table 12 Annual growth in mobile data sent 2009 - 2017
Table 13 Mobile data subscriptions by type 2006 - 2017
Table 14 Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) 2014 - 2017
Table 15 Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change 1999 - 2009
Table 16 SMS messages sent and annual change 2010 - 2018
Table 17 MMS messages sent and annual change 2003 - 2017
Table 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 19 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 21 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 22 Annual mobile numbers ported 2003 - 2015
Table 23 MTRs by operator 2006 - 2018
Table 26 Telia Finland blended ARPU 2003 - 2018
Table 27 Telia Finland mobile subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 28 DNA annualised monthly ARPU 2007 - 2018
Table 29 DNA mobile subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 30 DNA mobile revenue 2007 - 2018
Table 32 Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia 2004 - 2018
Table 33 Elisa mobile operating statistics 2008 - 2018
Table 34 Elisa annualised ARPU 2008 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2018
Chart 2 Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks 2006 - 2018
Chart 3 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2006 - 2017
Chart 4 DNA mobile revenue 2013 2018
Chart 5 Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia 2004 - 2018
Chart 6 Elisa annualised ARPU 2008 2018
Exhibit 1 700MHz auction results 2016
Exhibit 2 2.6GHz auction results 2009
Exhibit 3 Sample 3G infrastructure suppliers in Finland

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