Finland - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Finland has developed one of most advanced mobile markets in Europe, and just as it was in the forefront of LTE developments so has it emerged as one of the pioneers in 5G. The regulator has auctioned spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.5GHh bands to enable network operators to extend the availability of LTE services nationally and to prepare for 5G services. Spectrum in the 3.5GHz has been assigned for 5G across Europe. 5G in Finland is crucial to realising the government’s roadmap for providing data of at least 100Mb/s by 2025.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has slowed, in line with the high penetration, while the market has shifted to mobile data and mobile broadband. To this end the network operators have concentrated on network upgrades, providing improved mobile broadband services to the 99% of the population already covered by LTE. Although market competition and regulated tariffs and termination rates have put pressure on operator revenue.

This report provides statistics and analyses on the Finnish 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.

Key developments:

  • Telia Finland launches a commercial 5G network;
  • DNA upgrades core and regional networks in preparation for 5G;
  • Telenor completes its acquisition of DNA;
  • Nokia and Telia deploy NB-IoT using spectrum in the 800MHz band;
  • Telia and DNA make progress with joint mobile network to deliver services in Northern and Eastern Finland;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, DNA, Elisa, Digita.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Operator market shares
    • Mobile data
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 450MHz
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 900MHz
      • 1.8GHz
      • 2.6GHz
      • 3.5GHz
      • 26GHz
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Network sharing
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Digital networks
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2)
      • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Telia Finland
    • DNA
    • Elisa
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile data subscriptions by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 5 – Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change – 1999 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the proportion of mobile revenue to total telecom revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Change in mobile network revenue – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in mobile network tangible investment – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 5 – Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Change in average mobile ARPU – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Prepaid subscribers and proportion to total – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Growth in mobile data traffic – 2006 – 2020
  • Chart 10 – Growth in mobile data traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Decline in SMS messages traffic, annual change – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Change in MMS messages traffic, annual change – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers, and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 14 – MTRs by operator – 2005 – 2020
  • Chart 15 – Growth in the number of M2M connections – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Telia Finland mobile financial data – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in Telia Finland’s blended ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Telia Finland mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – DNA annualised postpaid monthly ARPU – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Change in DNA’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – Growth in DNA’s mobile revenue, by type – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Growth in DNA’s mobile data traffic – 2027 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Change in Elisa’s mobile financial data – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Elisa mobile churn and proportion of data revenue – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Elisa mobile voice, SMS and data traffic – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – Elisa annualised ARPU – 2008 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 700MHz auction results – 2016
  • Exhibit 2 – 2.6GHz auction results – 2009
  • Exhibit 3 – 3.5GHz auction results – October 2018

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Number of pages 61

Status Current

Last updated 21 Oct 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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