Fixed broadband is often used by wireless means

More than 40% of Finnish households have a wireless local area network (WLAN) using a fixed broadband subscription. A WLAN provides a connection for the wireless devices at home to the internet. This means that almost three quarters of fixed broadband subscriptions in households are connected to a WLAN.

Consumers are increasingly interested in the wireless use of internet. This is one reason why the number of fixed broadband connections grew very slowly for several years until it started to decrease about a year ago. At the same time, the number of data connections in the mobile network, in other words mobile broadband subscriptions, has increased significantly. On the other hand, it should be noted that, for example, fixed fibre-optic, DSL or cable modem subscriptions may provide a wireless connection within the home environment as in most cases, there is a WLAN at home.

According to a consumer survey conducted in spring 2016, 67% of Finnish households have a WLAN. In 42% of households, the WLAN is connected to a fixed broadband subscription. This percentage decreases strongly with population density. Around Helsinki, the proportion is 62% whereas in rural areas it is only 28%. In rural areas, there are relatively fewer fixed broadband subscriptions, and on the other hand, in the Helsinki area almost 80% of fixed subscriptions have a WLAN whereas in rural areas the corresponding figure is less than 70%. A WLAN connection has been shared to around 27% of households using a mobile broadband subscription.

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Figure 1. Proportion of Finnish households with a WLAN.

Most households (53%) have 2–4 devices connected to the WLAN. 11% of households with WLAN have only one device connected to the wireless network. In one third of such households, the number of devices is 5–10, and 3% of such households have more than 10 devices connected to the WLAN.

Regardless of population density or age, the most common device connected to a WLAN is the computer: 86% of households with WLAN have a computer connected to the WLAN. The computer is followed by the mobile phone (68%) and the tablet (63%). Consumers under 35 years of age, in particular, connect their mobile phone to a WLAN more often than their tablet. In older age groups, the tablet is a more popular choice. The television is also quite often (35%) connected to the WLAN. In this respect, there is no significant variation between different age groups. However, in terms of game consoles, the corresponding figure varies between 2–36%. In addition to the above, devices connected to a WLAN include sound systems (9%), security devices (3%) and domestic appliances (2%).

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Figure 2. Proportion of the most common devices connected to a wireless network in households with WLAN.

The results are based on a telephone survey conducted in spring 2016. A total of 3009 Finns over the age of 15 were interviewed for the survey. TNS Gallup collected the data and compiled the results.

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