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Finland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Finland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Finland’s telcos wait on 3.5GHz auction for 5G launch

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. As a result of these efforts the country enjoys one of 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.

The country has an advanced mobile market and has been a pioneer in developing 5G. Trial licenses were issued to network operators in early 2018, several tests were held later in the year using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The auction of spectrum in this band will enabled operators to launch commercial services in early 2019 pending the release of 3.5GHz spectrum and the availability of 5G-compliant modems and devices.

Finland’s high broadband penetration has been the result of astute regulatory measures which have encouraged market competition. Companies have also been keen to invest in new technologies in a bid to address demand for improved services among customers. The government has set demanding broadband delivery targets and is working towards targets to be achieved by 2025 and 2030 which incorporate a mix of fixed-line and mobile technologies, with the former focussed on FttP and DOCSIS3.1 technologies and the latter on gigabit LTE and 5G.

This report assesses 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 report also provides statistics and research on the 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. In addition the report profiles the fixed and wireless broadband markets, and analyses developments in related technologies such as FttP, powerline broadband, Wi-Fi and internet via satellite.Key developments:


Telia Finland and Finnish postal service pilot smart mail boxes with NB-IoT;

Telia Finland waiting on 3.5GHz auction before launching 5G services in early 2019;

DNA upgrades core and regional networks in preparation for 5G;

Elisa launches pre-commercial 5G service;

Nokia launches key technologies for the Smart Tampere project;

Cinia Group participates in the Arctic Connect cable linking Europe with North America and Asia;

Fixed-voice subscriptions continue to fall;

Regulator concedes roaming charge extension to June 2019;

DNA trials Gigabit LTE service using carrier aggregation technology;

Elisa trials Nokia’s XGS-PON technology providing data at up to 10Gb/s;

Government prepares national broadband targets for 2025 and 2030;

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;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:


Telia, DNA, Elisa, Digita, Finnet Group, TDC Finland, Tele2


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Finland - 2018 (e)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table ARPU by sector - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Total telecom and broadcasting revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Telecom service revenue by sector - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Market share telecom revenue by operator - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue: retail and wholesale - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Telephony service price level change by sector - 2008 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELECOM FINLAND
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Fixed-line termination rate - 2005 - 2020
    • ACCESS
      • Table Historic - Telia LLU accesses - 2006 - 2013
      • Table Average median LLU access pricing - copper - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Average median LLU access pricing - fibre pair - 2010 - 2018
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line operators' market share of subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2006 - 2018
    • TELIA
      • Table Telia (Finland) revenue, EBITDA - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Telia (Finland) mobile and broadband revenue - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Telia (Finland) subscribers by sector - 2002 - 2018
    • FINNET GROUP
    • DNA
      • Table DNA financial data - 2008 - 2018
      • Table DNA revenue by sector (consumer and business) - 2008 - 2018
      • Table DNA subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2018
    • ELISA CORPORATION
      • Table Elisa fixed network subscribers by sector - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Elisa Group revenue by sector - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Elisa Group financial data - 2008 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
      • Table VoIP connections - 2008 - 2018
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART METERING
    • DATA CENTRES
  • 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 - 2018
        • Table Broadband subscribers by platform; cable, DSL - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Housing corporation broadband subscribers (regulator data) - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Broadband connections by data rate - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate (%) - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2017
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast - fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • DNA
        • Table DNA broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Elisa broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Telia internet and broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2018
      • Table Telia broadband ARPU - 2006 - 2018
      • Very High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL)
      • G.fast
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table WLAN subscribers - 2004 - 2017
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
      • Table Mobile network revenue - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Mobile network investment - 2009 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Average mobile ARPU - 2014 - 2017
        • Table Active prepaid subscribers - 2011 - 2017
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2006 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Annual growth in mobile data sent - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Mobile data subscriptions by type - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) - 2014 - 2017
        • Table Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change - 1999 - 2009
        • Table SMS messages sent and annual change - 2010 - 2018
        • Table MMS messages sent and annual change - 2003 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2018
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2015
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs by operator - 2005 - 2018
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M connections - 2012 - 2017
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia
        • Table Telia Finland mobile financial data - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Telia Finland blended ARPU - 2003 - 2018
        • Table Telia Finland mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2018
      • DNA
        • Table DNA annualised postpaid monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2018
        • Table DNA mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2018
        • Table DNA mobile revenue - 2007 - 2018
      • Elisa
        • Table Elisa mobile financial data - 2004 - 2018
        • Table Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia - 2004 - 2018
        • Table Elisa mobile operating statistics - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Elisa annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2018
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location based services
      • Mobile TV
      • TETRA

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