Urban broadband connections faster and more affordable

Published 07.02.2012

Big city dwellers are more likely to have fast and fixed internet connections than their rural peers - the fastest connections being most commonly found in the Greater Helsinki area. Big city dwellers, especially the young, pay considerably less for their internet connection. The information is based on FICORA's market review on the consumers' use of internet connections in 2011.

More than 40 per cent of those living in the Greater Helsinki area have a fast, fixed-line internet connection installed in their homes. Respectively, 30 per cent of those living in other large cities have a fast connection, and more than 20 per cent of households outside the big cities have a fast internet connection. Big city dwellers pay approximately 25 euros for their fast internet connections per month, which is a fifth less than what those living elsewhere in Finland pay. In large cities, there is more variety in the supply of fast, fixed-line internet connections, and competition over customers keeps the prices down. A fast connection, reaching 8 megabytes per second, enables the watching of TV programmes over the internet, for example.

Mobile broadband grows in popularity

In 2011, increasingly more Finns acquired a mobile broadband connection. Currently, every second broadband household has mobile broadband. The majority of mobile broadband connections has been acquired in 2011 by those households that have a fixed broadband connection. Therefore, FICORA estimates that the growth potential of mobile broadband connections is the greatest in households where it is used side-by-by with another connection. It is hardly likely that internet users will to a great extent give up on their fixed connection and would depend on mobile broadband alone - although the cost of mobile broadband is much less than that of fixed broadband.

FICORA market review 1/2012

FICORA's first market review of this year depicts consumers' use of internet connections in 2011. The review focuses on regional differences in the subscription types, prices and use of internet connections. The review is based on information from a consumer survey commissioned by FICORA on communications services 2011. For the survey, TNS Gallup Oy interviewed 3,000 consumers in the age group of 15-79 in continental Finland in October 2011.

Market review 1/2012 [PDF, 720 KB](in Finnish)

Consumer survey on the use of communications services 2011 [PDF, 247 KB] [PDF, 247 KB] (in Finnish)

Presentation at the press conference on 7 February 2012 [PDF, 2 MB] (in Finnish)

Further information:

Torsti Alhava, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 9 6966 461 or +358 50 514 8285

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