Availability of high-speed broadband improved in Finland

The availability of high-speed broadband lines of 30 Mbps or more has improved by about 5% during 2013 in Finland. The number of subscriptions using fibre-optic technology has increased in the same time even faster, about 11%. The best availability of fixed broadband subscriptions is in the province of Pohjanmaa.

At the end of 2013, FICORA studied the availability of high-speed broadband subscriptions for the second time. The study results showed that the best availability of fixed broadband lines is in the province of Pohjanmaa where a high-speed broadband line is available for more than three fourths of permanent residences. The best availability of fibre-optic lines is also in the province of Pohjanmaa. With regard to individual municipalities, the best availability of fibre-optic lines is in the municipality of Kumlinge, located in Åland, and in the municipality of Kustavi, located in the province of Varsinais-Suomi.

At the end of 2013, a 30 Mbps broadband line using fixed network technologies was available for 69% of the Finnish households. A broadband line implemented to homes or buildings by means of the fibre-optic network was available for about 41% and mobile broadband with a nominal speed of 30 Mbps for about 85% of the households. The coverage of the mobile broadband network has improved compared to the previous year by about 10%.

Finnish municipalities with the best availability of fibre-optic lines:

1. Kumlinge and Kustavi - 3. Larsmo - 4. Honkajoki (BB2015) - 5. Municipality of Pedersöre - 6. Lapinjärvi - 7. Jakobstad - 8. Nykarleby - 9. Brändö - 10. Karvia (BB2015) - 11. Karijoki - 12. Loviisa - 13. Kristinestad - 14. Vaasa - 15. Jalasjärvi (BB2015) - 16. Valtimo (BB2015) - 17. Helsinki - 18. Laitila - 19. Vesanto (BB2015) - 20. Närpes - 21. Siikainen (BB2015) - 22. Turku - 23. Maalahti - 24. Utsjoki (BB2015) - 25. Salo.

BB2015 = The partially state-aided Broadband 2015 project is implemented in the municipality. The availability of fibre-optic subscriptions by household in the above-listed municipalities varies from 50 to 100%.

Telecoms operators that built the fibre-optic network the most during 2013:

1. Elisa Oyj
2. TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
3. Anvia Oyj
4. Suupohjan Seutuverkko Oy
5. Savon Kuituverkko Oy

In total, the five above-mentioned telecoms operators have built the fibre-optic network in 2013 to the extent that approximately 100,000 new households can be connected to the coverage area of high-speed broadband. All these telecoms operators have also implemented Broadband 2015 projects with state aid.

- More fibre-optic networks have been built in cities and rural municipalities. In addition, cable TV network technologies have been updated in order to better provide high-speed broadband subscriptions with the help of them. Also, the coverage of mobile broadband networks has clearly improved, states Tapio Oikarainen, Communications Market Specialist at FICORA.

State aid has improved the availability of broadband

By the end of 2013, FICORA has granted circa EUR 24 million worth of state aid to the operators participating in the Broadband 2015 project for the building of the fibre-optic network. In the municipalities that participate in the project, the availability area of the fibre-optic network has increased by approximately 15,000 households during 2013. The broadband project has considerably affected the improved availability of high-speed broadband, especially in sparsely-populated rural districts.

According to an objective set in the European Commissions' Digital Agenda, a 30 Mbps broadband line will be available to all Europeans by 2020. In 2008, the Finnish government set an objective according to which a broadband 100 Mbps will be available to nearly all Finns by the end of 2015.

Further information on the availability of the high-speed broadband network.

Further information on the Broadband 2015 project.

Further information:

Tapio Oikarainen, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 538
Päivi Peltola-Ojala, Head of Broadband and Media Group, tel. +358 295 390 539

*The list of municipalities in the press release has been updated on 18 March 2013. After the update, the municipality of Kustavi shares the first placing with the municipality of Kumlinge. The update is based on data submitted to FICORA after the press release had been published.

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