Mobile data usage increases while calls decrease

Published 18.10.2016

During the first half of 2016, the consumption of services in the mobile communication network followed the trend from previous years. Mobile data usage continued its strong growth, despite a minor slowdown in the growth rate, while the usage of voice and messaging services decreased.

The growth rate of data transferred in the mobile network slowed down slightly during the first half of 2016 compared to previous years. From January to June 2016, the amount of data transferred over the mobile network was approximately 14 gigabytes in a month per each Finn, representing an annual growth of 75 per cent. Last year the corresponding percentage was 100 per cent, and in 2014 about 80 per cent.

Even though the percentage growth has slowed down slightly, during the first half of 2016 the total amount of transferred data grew by more than 100,000 terabytes (100,000,000 gigabytes) compared to the previous half-year period for the first time. This shows that in terms of volume, the growth is still enormous.


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Figure 1: Trend in the amount of data transferred over the mobile network in each half-year period (1H/2H).

Number of calls decreased whereas minutes increased in the mobile network

During the first half of 2016, roughly 2 billion calls were made from mobile phone subscriptions (-3.7 per cent compared to 2015) lasting around 7.6 billion minutes (-0.2 per cent). This means roughly 61 calls lasting an average of 3:49 minutes each per Finn per month. Compared to the same period in 2015, the number of calls made fell by an average of 2 calls and the average duration of a call was about 8 seconds longer.

Text and multimedia messages sent in Finland amounted to 1.36 billion during the first half-year of 2016, representing a decrease of almost 10 per cent compared to last year. This means a total of 41 text or multimedia messages sent per Finn per month which is 5 messages less than during the first half of 2015.


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Figure 2: Trend in the consumption of telephone services per Finn per month and average duration of calls during each half-year period (1H/2H).

For more information on the consumption of services in the mobile and fixed network, visit Statistics and comparisons.

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