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

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 5G. The regulator has auctioned spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.5GHh bands to enable network operators to extend the availability of LTE services nationally and to prepare for 5G services. Spectrum in the 3.5GHz has been assigned for 5G across Europe. 5G in Finland is crucial to realising the government's roadmap for providing data of at least 100Mb/s by 2025.

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.

This report provides statistics and analyses 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 Finland launches a commercial 5G network;
DNA upgrades core and regional networks in preparation for 5G;
Telenor completes its acquisition of DNA;
Nokia and Telia deploy 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;
Report update includes the regulators market data to December 2018, telcos financial and operating data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, DNA, Elisa, Digita.


1 Market analysis
2 Mobile statistics
2.1 General statistics
2.2 Operator market shares
2.3 Mobile data
2.4 Mobile broadband
3 Regulatory issues
3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
3.2 Roaming
3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
3.5 Network sharing
4 Mobile infrastructure
4.1 Digital networks
4.2 Other infrastructure developments
5 Major mobile operators
5.1 Telia Finland
5.2 DNA
5.3 Elisa
5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6 Appendix Historic data
7 Related reports
Table 1 Mobile data subscriptions by type 2006 2018
Table 2 Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) 2014 2018
Table 3 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999 2009
Table 4 Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue 1998 2009
Table 5 Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change 1999 2009
Chart 1 Growth in the proportion of mobile revenue to total telecom revenue 2010 2018
Chart 2 Change in mobile network revenue 2006 2018
Chart 3 Change in mobile network tangible investment 2011 2018
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009 2024
Chart 5 Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks 2006 2018
Chart 6 Change in average mobile ARPU 2014 2018
Chart 7 Prepaid subscribers and proportion to total 2011 2018
Chart 8 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 2018
Chart 9 Growth in mobile data traffic 2006 2020
Chart 10 Growth in mobile data traffic 2009 2018
Chart 11 Decline in SMS messages traffic, annual change 2010 2018
Chart 12 Change in MMS messages traffic, annual change 2003 2018
Chart 13 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers, and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 14 MTRs by operator 2005 2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2012 2018
Chart 16 Telia Finland mobile financial data 2005 2019
Chart 17 Change in Telia Finland's blended ARPU 2009 2019
Chart 18 Telia Finland mobile subscribers 2002 2019
Chart 19 DNA annualised postpaid monthly ARPU 2007 2019
Chart 20 Change in DNA's mobile subscriber base 2007 2019
Chart 21 Growth in DNA's mobile revenue, by type 2013 2019
Chart 22 Growth in DNA's mobile data traffic 2027 2019
Chart 23 Change in Elisa's mobile financial data 2004 2019
Chart 24 Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia 2009 2019
Chart 25 Elisa mobile churn and proportion of data revenue 2008 2019
Chart 26 Elisa mobile voice, SMS and data traffic 2008 2019
Chart 27 Elisa annualised ARPU 2008 2019
Exhibit 1 700MHz auction results 2016
Exhibit 2 2.6GHz auction results 2009
Exhibit 3 3.5GHz auction results October 2018

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