Finland - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Finland has developed one of most advanced mobile markets in Europe, and just as it was in the forefront of LTE developments so has it emerged as one of the pioneers in testing 5G. The regulator in late 2016 auctioned spectrum in the 700MHz to extend the availability of LTE services nationally, while it also planned to auction spectrum in the 3.5GHz band at the end of September 2018. This band has been assigned for 5G across Europe. Operators including Elisa and Telia have trialled 5G technologies and claim to be ready to launch services in early 2019 pending the release of 3.5GHz spectrum and the availability of 5G-compliant modems and devices.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has slowed, in line with the high penetration, while the market has shifted to mobile data and mobile broadband. To this end the network operators have concentrated on network upgrades, providing improved mobile broadband services to the 99% of the population already covered by LTE. Although market competition and regulated tariffs and termination rates have put pressure on operator revenue. In June April 2018 DNA successfully petitioned for a year’s extension to retail roaming tariffs after these were abolished across the European Union.

This report provides statistics and research on the Finnish mobile market, including key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, the growth of mobile data services and the development of emerging technologies and networks such as HSPA, LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

  • Telia Finland and Finnish postal service pilot smart mail boxes with NB-IoT;
  • Telia Finland waiting on 3.5GHz auction before launching 5G services in early 2019;
  • DNA upgrades core and regional networks in preparation for 5G;
  • Elisa launches pre-commercial 5G service;
  • Finnish and Swedish regulators agree on use of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G in border areas;
  • Regulator concedes roaming charge extension to June 2019;
  • Telia expands LTE-A footprint;
  • DNA trials Gigabit LTE service using carrier aggregation technology;
  • Nokia and Telia trial NB-IoT using spectrum in the 800MHz band;
  • Telia and DNA make progress with joint mobile network to deliver services in Northern and Eastern Finland;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, DNA, Elisa, Digita.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Operator market shares
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 450MHz
      • 4.1.2 700MHz
      • 4.1.3 800MHz
      • 4.1.4 900MHz
      • 4.1.5 1.8GHz
      • 4.1.6 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.7 3.5GHz
    • 4.2 Roaming
    • 4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.5 Network sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 5G
      • 5.1.2 4G (LTE)
      • 5.1.3 3G
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2)
      • 5.2.2 Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Telia
    • 6.2 DNA
    • 6.3 Elisa
    • 6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Location based services
    • 7.2 Mobile TV
    • 7.3 TETRA
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile network revenue – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile network investment – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 6 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Average mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Active prepaid subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Mobile data traffic – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Annual growth in mobile data sent – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Mobile data subscriptions by type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Proportion of mobile data subscriptions by speed (Mb/s) – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Historic - SMS messages sent and annual change – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 16 – SMS messages sent and annual change – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 17 – MMS messages sent and annual change – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 20 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 21 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2003 - 2015
  • Table 23 – MTRs by operator – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 24 – M2M connections – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Telia Finland mobile financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Telia Finland blended ARPU – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Telia Finland mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 28 – DNA annualised postpaid monthly ARPU – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 29 – DNA mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 30 – DNA mobile revenue – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Elisa mobile financial data – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Elisa mobile operating statistics – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Elisa annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Calls and call minutes originating in mobile networks – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2006 - 2017
  • Chart 4 – DNA mobile revenue – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Elisa mobile subscribers in Finland and Estonia – 2004 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Elisa annualised ARPU – 2008 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – 700MHz auction results – 2016
  • Exhibit 2 – 2.6GHz auction results – 2009
  • Exhibit 3 – Sample 3G infrastructure suppliers in Finland

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Last updated 14 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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