The mobile use of the internet is increasing - every sixth SMS was not sent last year

Published 09.06.2015

The latest sectoral information gathered by FICORA proves that the new technology is changing the use of communications services. Along with the popularity of smartphones and the mobile use of the internet, the use of traditional voice and communications services, in particular, has decreased.

In 2014, among the most significant changes in the use of communications services was the decreased volume of sent text messages, i.e. as much as 15 per cent from the previous year. The number of made mobile calls also decreased at the same time. However, the average length of calls grew so it seems that the number of short calls, in particular, has dropped in 2014. The trend is similar to that of previous years.

The volume of data transferred in the mobile network continued its explosive growth similarly to previous years. Compared to 2013, the volume of transferred data grew by 82 per cent. The transferred data volume per each Finn was, on the average, 163 megabytes per day in 2014.

Nearly half a million fast broadband subscriptions

The availability of fast broadband improved significantly last year. A fixed broadband connection of at least 30 Mbps is available to 81 per cent of households and a high-speed broadband connection using fibre-optic technology to nearly half of Finnish households.

The availability of fast broadband has been promoted, for example, by the Broadband 2015 project which helped considerably to improve the availability of fibre-optic connections. At the end of 2014, there were more than 480,000 fast fixed broadband subscriptions of at least 30 Mbps. The figure corresponds to 27 per cent of all fixed broadband subscriptions.

Everyone can watch HD broadcasts in the near future

Two significant changes occur in the television network in the near future. The 700 MHz frequency range used by the UHF terrestrial television network will be transferred from television broadcasting to mobile broadband. This will reduce the frequency range assigned to television broadcasts, requiring frequencies to be reorganised. The reorganisation starts within the next few months.

Also, the UHF frequency range will completely be transferred, in stages, to the new DVB-T2 broadcasting technology which enables high-definition (HD) broadcasts for everyone.

The information is based on FICORA's review which provides comprehensive information on the development of the sector in 2014. In addition to the above-mentioned themes, the review discusses, for example, issues related to information security and the operability of communications networks.

FICORA's Communications Sector Review

Further information

Joonas Orkola, Chief, tel. +358 295 390 493

Media contacts, tel. +358 295 390 248

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