Finland’s 100 Mbps mobile network coverage close to 90% of homes

Published 27.09.2018

The 4G network now covers the vast majority of Finnish households. At the end of July 2018, as many as 89 per cent of Finnish households had access to one or several 100 Mbps mobile networks. Similarly, up to 98 per cent were covered by a 30 Mbps network.

As 4G construction projects have largely followed residential patterns, geographical coverage is significantly lower: 100 Mbps mobile networks cover ten per cent and 30 Mbps networks 45 per cent of Finland's territory. Sparsely-populated areas are therefore less likely to have access to high-speed 4G broadband.

The coverage areas are based on operator-provided data, which follow FICORA’s latest field strength limits. Coverage refers to maximum speed in ideal conditions, and does not take into account for example the effects of network congestion.

Image 1. 100 Mbps mobile networks cover 10% of Finland's territory, where 89% per cent of the Finnish population reside.

Mobile data growing faster than mobile broadband

The total number of subscriptions in the mobile network remained at around 9.5 million, of which 23 per cent were data-only, 67 per cent voice+data and 10 voice-only plans. The number of subscriptions with unlimited domestic data increased by 3 per cent to more than 6.2 million.

In the first half of 2018, the growth of data volumes in the mobile network slowed down to 15 per cent compared to the previous half-year. Finns used an average of 28 gigabytes of mobile data per month in January-June.

Compared to year-end 2017, voice+data subscribers used around 20 per cent more data (11 GB/month) and data-only subscribers ten per cent more (38 GB/month) data.

Further information

Communications Market Specialist Marja Heinonen, tel. +358 295 390 306

Development Manager Joonas Orkola, tel. +358 295 390 493, Twitter (at)JoonasOrkola

Email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname@ficora.fi.

Twitter: (at)viest_virasto

Key words: Internet , Telephone , Availability , Broadband , Mobile broadband , Networks , Speed , Telecommunications , News , Statistics

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