Mobile subscriptions 

Updated: 31.10.2016 - Next update: 28.4.2017

At the end of June 2016, there were 9.50 million mobile network subscriptions in Finland (excluding 1.1 million so-called Machine-to-Machine subscriptions). The number of subscriptions remained fairly unchanged from the end of year 2015. In June 2016 7.04 million mobile subscriptions (74 per cent) were being used by household customers, and 2.46 million subscriptions (26 per cent) were being used by corporate customers. These numbers have remained highly stable in recent years.

Out of all mobile subscriptions around 2.1 million were so-called dedicated mobile broadband subscriptions intended only for data transfer. These subscriptions are used, for example, in tablets and laptops. Besides dedicated data transfer subscriptions, mobile broadband subscriptions also include subscriptions with monthly-charged data transfer in addition to voice and messaging services.

At the end of June 2016 almost two thirds (64 per cent) of all mobile subscriptions with data transfer (excluding the M2M subscriptions) came with unlimited data transfer, whereas at the end of 2012, their share was 41 per cent. During the past six months, the number of subscriptions with unlimited data transfer grew by more than 7 per cent. Correspondingly, the number of subscriptions with limited data transfer fell from 42 per cent in 2012 to 31 per cent at the end of June 2016. During the past six months, the number of subscriptions with limited data transfer fell by 5 per cent. At the end of June 2016, the share of subscriptions where the user is charged per used data or by some other means was 5 per cent out of all mobile data transfer subscriptions.

Despite the strong growth in mobile broadband subscriptions in recent years, there are still around 1.4 million mobile subscriptions in Finland that are used only for voice and messaging services. However, the number of such subscriptions has declined significantly in recent years, as in June 2012, for example, there were almost 4 million of these subscriptions. The most important factor for the reduced number of such subscriptions is the operators’ tendency to introduce data packages to existing subscriptions without data.

More statistics related to telephone and broadband services as well as further information on the development of these can be found on FICORA's statistics pages.

Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority

Description of indicator

The development of mobile subscriptions has been described as a whole, because it is very common that both voice and data transfer services are provided via the same mobile subscription. The number of mobile subscriptions contains all the subscriptions acquired by households and companies, excluding such subscriptions that have been sold to be used only in so-called Machine-to-Machine use (e.g. for electricity metres).
Mobile data-transfer subscriptions can be divided into different kinds of subscriptions, according to subscription agreements. In the statistics, subscriptions have been classified first by means of invoicing ground of data-transfer into mobile broadbands and into other subscriptions. With mobile broadband is meant subscriptions which include data-transfer with a monthly fee. Other subscriptions include such subscriptions where data transfer is invoiced in other ways than by a monthly fee, or data transfer is not included in the subscription at all.