Use of mobile data still differs greatly between countries

Published 22.06.2017

Finns are particularly intensive users of mobile data services both in terms of usage and subscription volumes in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The same statistics show that in fixed broadband subscriptions, Finland ranks somewhere in the middle.

In 2016, the volume of data transmitted in the mobile network was more than 16 GB per Finnish individual per month, whereas in the other Nordic and Baltic countries the corresponding figure was between 2 and 7 GB. The volume of transmitted data increased at least by one third in all countries, and in Lithuania the figure in fact doubled compared to 2015.

However, the use of data transmission services does not seem to reduce the consumption of traditional services in all countries. In Sweden, for instance, the number of call minutes from mobile subscriptions is still growing, whereas in Finland and some other countries, the number has already started to decrease.

The Finns’ intensive use of mobile data is also reflected in the number of subscriptions. At the end of 2016, there were 39 mobile subscriptions used for data transmission only per 100 Finnish individuals. The runner-up was Denmark with 23 subscriptions per 100 individuals.

Unlike in the other countries, in Finland the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions does not increase anymore. In terms of fixed high-speed broadband subscriptions of 100 Mbps, Finland ranks fourth among the Nordic and Baltic countries. In 2016, there were 9 high-speed subscriptions per 100 Finnish individuals. In Sweden, there were as many as 22 subscriptions per 100 individuals. In the EU, however, there were 5 high-speed subscriptions per 100 individuals on average. In Finland and Latvia, the proportion of households with a 100 Mbps subscription increased moderately during 2016, whereas in other Nordic and Baltic countries the growth was more rapid.

The statistical report is a joint publication of FICORA and other Nordic and Baltic telecoms regulators. The information in the publication is based on a database which is jointly maintained by the regulatory authorities. The report of 2016 together with previous reports are available on FICORA's website.

The statistics are also available on the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority's (PTS) Statistics Portal.

Further information:

Joonas Orkola, tel. +358 295 390 493,

Lari Teittinen, tel. +358 295 390 649,

Key words: Internet , Telephone , Broadband , Land-line phone , Mobile broadband , Mobile phone , Smartphone , Subscription , Text messages , News

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