Every other household in Finland has access to 100 Mbps broadband
The region with the highest supply rate of fast broadband in Finland is Ostrobothnia where roughly 73% of households have access to a 100 Mbps broadband connection. The runners-up in the supply of 100 Mbps broadband are Uusimaa (65%), Kainuu (61%) and Central Ostrobothnia (60%).
There is more regional variation in the supply rates of fast fibre-optic broadband. The highest supply rate of fibre-optic connections is in Åland (about 58%), followed by Ostrobothnia (55%), Kainuu (51%) and Uusimaa (44%).
“New fibre-optic network is constantly built in small rural municipalities whereas in large cities fast broadband is still widely provided through existing cable TV and telephone networks", says Tapio Oikarainen, Communications Market Specialist at FICORA.
FICORA investigated the supply of fast broadband connections in spring 2016. In this connection, fast broadband means a connection that enables data transfer rate of 100 Mbps or more. This investigation was based on a new method of data collection which makes it possible to obtain information on broadband supply per address.
Fibre-optic connection means a broadband connection delivered over a fibre-optic cable brought to the user's home or building (FTTH/B). The internal network of the building must be implemented by either optical fibre or copper cabling. Other fast fixed broadband connections can be delivered through the cable TV network.
In the mobile network, a speed of 100 Mbps may be delivered using the LTE technology. Approximately 76% of Finns have access to a 100 Mbps mobile broadband connection. The mobile network is more vulnerable to variation in speed caused by the number of users, signal strength and terminal features than the fixed network. Therefore the speed guaranteed by the operator cannot be directly compared with fixed broadband.
Telecom operators with the highest supply rates of fixed network broadband of 100 Mbps:
- DNA Oy: 19% with 3% optical fibre
- TeliaSonera Finland Oyj: 18% with 13% optical fibre
- Elisa Oyj: 15% with 10% optical fibre
- Anvia Oyj: 3.5% with 1.5% optical fibre
- Kaisanet Oy: 1.5%, mainly optical fibre
- Lounea Oy: 1.5%, mainly optical fibre
- Tampereen Puhelin Oy: 1%, mainly optical fibre
The 100 Mbps broadband supply rate of each company is indicated as a percentage of all Finnish households after the name of the company.
State aid has boosted the supply of fibre-optic connections
By the end of 2015, approximately EUR 72 million of state and EU aid has been granted for companies involved in the Fast Broadband project to build fibre-optic network. The networks built within the project provide access to fibre-optic broadband for roughly 70.000 households, which is almost 10% of the entire supply of optical fibre in Finland. The broadband project has significantly improved the supply of optical fibre, particularly in sparsely-populated rural municipalities.
Finnish municipalities with the highest supply rates of fibre-optic network (more than 90%):
- Taivalkoski (BB project)
- Kokemäki (BB project)
- Jämijärvi (BB project)
- Kankaanpää (BB project)
- Pomarkku (BB project)
- Valtimo (BB project)
- Rautavaara (BB project)
BB project = Fast Broadband project, which is partly financed out of public funds, has been set up in the municipality.
More information on the supply of fast broadband is available on FICORA's website
More information on the Fast Broadband project
Tapio Oikarainen, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 538
Päivi Peltola-Ojala, Head of the Broadband and Media group, tel. +358 295 390 539