High-speed broadband subscribers nearly triple in five years

Published 25.10.2018 | Updated 30.10.2018

Data transfer speeds continue to soar, while total fixed broadband subscriptions remain stable. Statistics show that fibre is increasingly replacing traditional copper telephone lines.

Fixed-line broadband subscriptions in Finland have stagnated at around 1.7 million. Of these, 88 per cent are domestic. It can therefore be estimated that around 55 per cent of Finnish households had a fixed broadband connection at the end of June 2018.

Faster broadband increases use of streaming services

High-speed connections of 100 Mbit/s or faster (download speed) have seen consistent growth, totalling above 600,000 at the end of June 2018, more than three times that of five years ago. These high-speed broadband connections already represent 35 per cent of all fixed-line subscriptions. With a download speed of 100 Mbit/s or faster, one can, for example, watch several HD or higher resolution broadcasts while surfing the web.

The number of subscribers with a slower connection of 10 Mbit/s or lower has almost halved from last year. At the end of June, 91 per cent of all fixed-line broadband connections were 10 Mbit/s or faster.

Image 1. Fixed broadband speeds have been increasing consistently.

Upload speeds also accelerated from last year. At the end of June, the upload speed of 12 per cent of all fixed broadband connections was at least 100 Mbit/s. However, around half had an upload speed of 10 Mbit/s or slower. Upload speed is of key importance in cloud services and video conferencing.

Fibre gaining in popularity, landlines facing extinction

A little over a quarter of broadband connections are based on traditional copper telephone lines. Two-fifths of fibre connections are FTTB (fibre-to-the-building), while seven per cent are FTTH (fibre-to-the-home). The number of cable TV broadband subscriptions remained stable, representing one quarter of Finnish fixed broadband subscriptions.

At the end of June, a little less than 140,000 homes still had a landline service, down ten per cent from last year. Businesses also continue to abandon fixed-line telephone services.

Further information

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

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Key words: Internet , Telephone , Broadband , Mobile broadband , Speed , News

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