Telecommunications industry in Finland - Statistics & Facts

In 2016, the telecommunications industry in Finland generated a turnover of roughly 3.8 billion euros. Nearly two billion came from mobile network operations, roughly 75 million euros more than in the previous year. The revenue per unit from fixed telephone connections increased annually since 2011, amounting to 220 euros in 2016. In the same year, the corresponding figure for mobile telephone connections totaled 137 euros per unit. The investment rate of fixed-line networks was the highest among all telecommunication operations, amounting to 20 percent of the annual revenue. Considering the total market revenue from fixed-line, mobile and TV and radio operations in 2016, Elisa and TeliaSonera (as of 2017 part of Telia Company) held the largest market shares at 34.5 percent each. The third key player in the Finnish telecommunications sector is DNA with a market share of 20 percent as of 2016.


In the first half of 2017, the broadband internet penetration rate in Finnish households amounted to 93 percent. As of 2016, Elisa has been the leading provider for both fixed-line and mobile internet services. The number of fixed-line connections in Finland amounted to approximately 1.7 million in 2016, nearly 0.5 million of which fell into the speed range of 100Mbs or more. During the period of 2009 to 2016 overall, the number of high-speed subscriptions increased significantly at the expense of low-speed connections. As for mobile data subscriptions, the number of monthly subscription plans with unlimited data transfer increased by roughly one million from 2015 to 2016, amounting to nearly six million in 2016. According to an industry forecast, both mobile 3G and LTE 2.0 networks will reach 99 percent of the Finnish population by 2018.

Unlike the fixed-line and mobile network market led by Elisa, figures from the end of 2015 show that the largest amount of households (nearly 800,000) with a television platform in Finland were DNA customers. In 2016, there were over 1.6 million cable TV and a little over 400,000 IPTV subscriptions in the country. The number of both cable and IPTV subscriptions increased from 2011 to 2016. The price level measures indexed by the country’s communications regulatory body demonstrate the drop in prices for telecommunication services in Finland in recent years.

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