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Finland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Finland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Finland’s telcos prepare for 700MHz spectrum auction

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. The regulator has been quick to provide additional spectrum for telecom services, with spectrum in the 800MHz already available for LTE use and with a multi-band auction planned to be held by the end of 2016. Supported by these spectrum allocations the country enjoys among the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the region. Digital media developments have also progressed well since broadcasting services became entirely digital in early 2008, ahead of most other European countries.

Finland’s high broadband penetration has also resulted from astute regulatory measures which have encouraged market competition, as well as a population keen to adopt internet services and their delivery through fixed-line and mobile technologies. The government has set an ambitious target to deliver 100Mb/s to all premises and by mid-2016 more than half of all households were able to access a 100Mb/s service. The incumbent, Telia, remains the dominant player in the declining DSL sector, while there is also a vibrant cable network presence in urban areas, as well as a strengthening fibre sector.

Finland retains one of most advanced mobile markets in Europe. The country was the first to deploy 3G using 900MHz spectrum. The Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is involved in developing 5G technologies, which are expected to be trialled in 2017. 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.

This report assesses a number of 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 assesses. The report also provides statistics and analyses on the mobile market, including 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. In addition the report profiles Finland’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, wireless broadband, Wi-Fi and internet via satellite. It also provides broadband forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Regulator sets new connection and line rental pricing;

Nordic regulators agree to closer co-operation for regional markets;

Cinia Group to build a 685-mile submarine cable linking Finland with Germany;

Fixed-voice subscriptions continue to fall;

DNA contracts Teleste to provide DOCSIS3.1 equipment;

Telia trials G.fast technology in Helsinki with Huawei;

DSL subscriber base shrinks as customers migrate to fibre infrastructure;

Regulator providing €7 million funding for rural broadband projects;

100Mb/s broadband service available to more than half of all households;

DNA launches 1Gb/s broadband service;

Regulator preps for 700MHz auction by end-2016;

Telia expands LTE-A footprint;

DNA launches Finland’s first 600Mb/s mobile broadband offer;

Ukko Mobile contracts Huawei to develop an LTE450 network;

Elisa claims 1.9Gb/s download on its LTE network;

Nokia developing 5G data network;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data update to June 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, Finnet Group, DNA, Elisa, TDC Finland, Tele2, DNA, Digita, Helsinki Television, Sonera Cable, Canal+, Yleisradio.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table ARPU by sector - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Total telecom revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Market share telecom revenue by operator - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue, fixed-line and mobile - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue: retail and wholesale - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue share by operator - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Telephony service price level change by sector - 2008 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
      • New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELECOM FINLAND
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table Telia LLU accesses - 2006 - 2013
      • Table Average LLU access pricing - copper - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Average LLU access pricing - fibre - 2010 - 2014
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-line operators' market share of subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2006 - 2017
    • TELIA
      • Table Telia (Finland) revenue, EBITDA - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Telia (Finland) mobile and broadband revenue - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Telia (Finland) subscribers by sector - 2002 - 2016
    • FINNET GROUP
    • DNA
      • Table DNA financial data - 2008 - 2016
      • Table DNA revenue by sector (consumer and business) - 2008 - 2016
      • Table DNA subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2016
    • ELISA CORPORATION
      • Table Elisa Group revenue by sector - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Elisa Group financial data - 2008 - 2016
    • TDC FINLAND
      • Table Historic - TDC Finland financial data - 2007 - 2014
    • TELE2
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2017
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART METERING
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • National Broadband Strategy
      • Universal Service
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Broadband subscribers by platform; cable, DSL - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Housing corporation broadband subscribers (regulator data) - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Broadband connections by data rate - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2009 – 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2016
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • DNA
        • Table DNA broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Elisa broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Telia internet and broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Telia broadband ARPU - 2006 - 2016
      • Very High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL)
      • G.fast
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Forecast broadband delivery by technology - 2015
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table WLAN subscribers - 2004 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BUSINESS MODELS - BUNDLED SERVICES
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Overview
        • Table Household TV reception by device - 2011 - 2015
        • Table TV and radio revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • National licences
      • Regional licences
      • Digital dividend
      • Videostreaming
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2017
      • Cable TV
        • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 20105 - 2017
        • Table Sonera Cable TV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Elisa cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table DNA cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Satellite-based digital pay-TV developments
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
      • Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue - 1998 - 2009
      • Table Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Mobile network revenue - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Mobile network investment - 2009 - 2016
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Relative change to mobile traffic in minutes - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Average mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Active prepaid subscribers - 2011 - 2016
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2006 - 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Annual growth in mobile data sent - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile data subscriptions by type - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change - 1999 - 2009
        • Table SMS messages sent and annual change - 2010 - 2017
        • Table MMS messages sent and annual change - 2003 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2017
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 2.6GHz auction results - 2009
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2014
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs by operator - 2006 - 2016
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Sample 3G infrastructure suppliers in Finland
      • 5G developments
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2)
        • Table M2M connections - 2012 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia
        • Table Telia Finland mobile financial data - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Telia Finland blended ARPU - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Telia Finland mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2016
      • DNA
        • Table DNA annualised monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2016
        • Table DNA mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Elisa
        • Table Elisa mobile financial data - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Elisa mobile operating statistics - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Elisa annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location based services
      • Mobile TV
      • TETRA

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