Big cities far from the top in broadband comparison

Published 30.05.2018

FICORA has for the first time published a municipality-specific broadband classification. Every Finnish municipality was given a rating of one to five stars based on the availability and use of consumer broadband services in the area at the end of 2017.

While the best municipalities were rated above three stars, the current Finnish average was two stars. Several small municipalities from the Åland Islands made the top ten. Also several localities in mainland Finland boasted good broadband access. In addition to six municipalities in Åland, the top ten included Taivalkoski, Pudasjärvi, Raisio and Lahti. In addition to Lahti, five other cities got an above two stars rating: Oulu, Kuopio, Tampere, Pori and Helsinki.

The stars reflect how close each municipality is to providing all permanent residents with access to a 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) connection and all residents a 100 Mbps connection. The use and availability of slower speed classes were also taken into account in the calculations.

Fast connections a prerequisite for future services

Fast and reliable communications are a key enabler for growth in Europe. The European Commission has set an objective for 2025 that every European citizen should have access to a broadband connection of at least 100 Mbps, which can be upgraded to up to 1 Gbps. Also in Finland a growing number of municipalities see high performance communications networks as a source of attraction, and use them actively as a platform for providing services to their residents.

Gigabit connections ensure the availability of information society services for decades to come. With a speed of 100 Mbps, most modern services can be used without problems even on multiple devices at the same time.
The broadband classification currently only includes fixed-line subscribers. The classification will be updated annually.

Municipality-specific broadband classification

This map displays all municipalities that received a star rating of 2.5 or above. We have also included a list of the ten best broadband municipalities and the ten largest cities in terms of households.

The ratings of all municipalities can be found here [pdf, 307 KB](in Finnish).

Further information:

Marja Heinonen, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 306
Joonas Orkola, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 493, Twitter: (at)JoonasOrkola
FICORA's email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname(at)

Key words: Internet , Broadband , Cable , Networks , Speed , Subscription , News

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