Finland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Finland - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Finland continuing to be a mobile technology pioneer with 5G investment

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 to provide additional spectrum for telecom services. Supported by effective cross-platform competition and astute regulatory measures, the country enjoys among the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the region. Digital media developments have progressed well since broadcasting was entirely digitised in early 2008, ahead of most other European countries.

The government has set an ambitious target to deliver 100Mb/s to all premises by 2015. The incumbent, TeliaSonera, is the dominant player in the DSL sector, while there is also a vibrant cable network presence in urban areas. The completed digital 450MHz network provided the country with the world’s first national wireless broadband network, while recent spectrum auctions will ensure that most of the population will benefit from commercial LTE services.

Finland also retains one of most advanced mobile markets in Europe. The country was the first to deploy 3G over 900MHz spectrum, and more recently it has auctioned spectrum in the 800MHz to extend the availability of LTE services nationally. The Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is also involved in developing 5G technologies. Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has stalled, in line with the high penetration, while the market has shifted to mobile data and mobile broadband. Market competition has helped keep mobile call charges among the lowest among EU member states. Regulated tariffs and termination rates have also put revenue pressure on MNOs.

Key developments:

Regulator proposes reduction in copper and fibre LLU charges; government develops Information Society Code; Sonera acquires AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed networks; DNA completes acquisition of TDC’s Finnish businesses, upgrades broadband network to 200Mb/s, acquires Plus TV, launches pay-TV service; TV licence fee replaced with new tax; Ukko Mobile contracts Huawei to develop an LTE450 network; Sonera and DNA sign a mobile network sharing deal affecting sparsely populated Northern and Eastern Finland; Nokia to develop a trial 5G data network; MTRs reduced, effective to November 2015; MNP conditions revised; regulator auctions 800MHz for LTE; DNA expands HSPA+/LTE to half of the population; Anvia pilots LTE network using the 700MHz band; regulator’s H1 2014 market data; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.

Companies and subsidiaries mentioned in this report include:

TeliaSonera, Finnet Group, DNA, Elisa, TDC Finland, Tele2, Helsinki Television, Sonera Cable, Canal+, Yleisradio, Digita Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2013
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF FINLAND'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table ARPU by sector - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Telecom revenue - 2003 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue, fixed-line and mobile - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue: retail and wholesale - 2009 - 2013
      • Table Price differential for telephony services - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Price differential for data services - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Household penetration rate of select telecom services - 2009 - 2012
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 2009 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
      • New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN FINLAND
      • Privatisation of Telecom Finland
      • Interconnect
      • Access
        • Table TeliaSonera LLU accesses - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Average LLU access pricing - copper - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Average LLU access pricing - fibre - 2010 - 2014
      • Number portability (NP)
      • Carrier preselection
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW AND STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-line operators' market share - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Relative change to mobile voice and data traffic - 2008 - 2013
    • TELIASONERA
      • Table TeliaSonera (Finland) revenue, service revenue, EBITDA - 2012 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera (Finland) mobile and broadband revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera (Finland) subscribers by sector - 2002 - 2014
    • FINNET GROUP
    • DNA
      • Table DNA financial data - 2008 - 2014
      • Table DNA revenue by sector (consumer and business) - 2008 - 2014
      • Table DNA subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2014
    • ELISA CORPORATION
      • Table Elisa fixed network subscribers by sector - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Elisa Group revenue by sector - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Elisa Group financial data - 2008 - 2014
    • TDC FINLAND
      • Table TDC Finland financial data - 2007 - 2014
    • TELE2
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2015
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART METERING
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband market share by sector - 2008 - 2012
      • National Broadband Strategy
      • Universal Service
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Broadband subscribers by platform; cable, DSL - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Housing corporation broadband subscribers (regulator data) - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Broadband residential adoption by type of connection - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband speed by rate - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Broadband connections by data rate - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2006 - 2013
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • DNA
        • Table DNA broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Elisa broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera internet and broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera broadband ARPU - 2006 - 2014
      • Very High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL)
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Forecast broadband delivery by technology - 2015
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
      • Table BPL subscribers - 2004 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2013
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Wireless LANS
        • Table WLAN subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • WiMAX/WiFi
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
      • G.fast
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • BUSINESS MODELS - BUNDLED SERVICES
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Overview
        • Table Digital TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Digital TV reception by technology - 2008 - 2014
        • Table TV and radio revenue - 2003 - 2014
      • National licences
      • Regional licences
      • Digital dividend
      • Broadband (IPTV)
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2015
      • Cable TV
        • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Sonera Cable TV subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Elisa cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table DNA cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • Satellite-based digital pay-TV developments
        • Table Historic - Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • VoIP
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF FINLAND'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Mobile network revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks - 2006 - 2013
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share by operator (regulator data) - 2006 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 2.6GHz auction results - 2009
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
        • Table European SMS roaming charges (€ cents) - 2012 - 2014
        • Table European data roaming charges (€ cents) - 2012 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2011
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs by operator - 2006 - 2014
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • TeliaSonera
        • Table TeliaSonera Finland mobile financial data - 2005 - 2014
        • Table TeliaSonera Finland blended ARPU - 2003 - 2014
        • Table TeliaSonera Finland mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • DNA
        • Table DNA annualised monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2014
        • Table DNA mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2014
      • Elisa
        • Table Elisa mobile financial data - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Elisa mobile operating statistics - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Elisa annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table SMS messages sent and annual change - 1999 - 2013
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS messages sent and annual change - 2003 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
        • Table Mobile data sent - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Mobile data subscriptions by type - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Annual growth in mobile data sent - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Relative change to fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2008 - 2013
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5G developments
      • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Access (OFDMA)
      • Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location based services
      • Mobile TV
      • M2M
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED-LINE BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2009 - 2012; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario 2007 - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario 2010 - 2013; 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTSMOBILE
      • Forecasts - Mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2010; 2015
        • Table Forecast mobile ARPU - 2010; 2015
      • Forecasts - UMTS subscribers - 2009 - 2010; 2015
        • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2006 - 2010; 2015

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