Finland's telecom market is among the more progressive in Europe, with considerable emphasis by operators to test-bed technologies, particularly in the mobile and broadband sectors. These efforts have been supported by the regulator which has provided additional spectrum for telecom services and is preparing spectrum auctions in two pioneer bands to enable mobile operators to trial 5G services from 2018.
As a result of these efforts the country enjoys among the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the region, with customers able to make use of the latest iterations of technologies including DOCSIS3.1, carrier aggregation with LTE-A, and GPON fibre infrastructure.
This report introduces the key aspects of the Finnish telecom market, providing data on the fixed network services sector together with an overview of important 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 assessed.
Nokia launches key technologies for the Smart Tampere project; Elisa expands its interest in Estonia with Starman acquisition; Nordic regulators agree to closer co-operation for regional markets; government legislates Information Society Code; Cinia Group announces plans to build a 685-mile submarine cable linking Finland with Germany; Telia acquires AinaCom's consumer operations and fixed networks; fixed-voice subscriptions continue to fall; report update includes the regulator's market data update to December 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.