Speeds for fixed broadband subscriptions 

Updated: 31.10.2016 - Next update: 12.5.2017

There were a total of around 1.72 million fixed network broadband subscriptions at the end of June 2016. The figure fell a bit compared to the end of year 2015. Around 86 per cent of the subscriptions were being used by household customers, and around 14 per cent by corporate customers.

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. At the end of June 2016 there were around 2.1 million mobile broadband subscriptions intended only for data transfer.

At the end of June 2016, there were more than 450,000 at least 100 Mbit/s fixed broadband subscriptions in Finland. While the total number of subscriptions decreased slightly during the first half of the year, the number of these high-speed subscriptions grew by 7 per cent. The number of 100 Mbit/s subscriptions in the fixed network has more than doubled in three years.

Over 100 Mbit/s connections in the fixed network require, in practice, that the optical fibre cable is brought close to the user. At the end of June 2016, there were fewer than 100,000 subscriptions using only optical fibre in Finland. Besides the purely fibre-optic based connections, Ethernet connections are usually included in fibre-optic connections in international statistics. Their combined share of broadband connections is 28 per cent. If all solutions with optical fibre reaching the boundary of a plot of land are counted in, the share rises to 37 per cent. Counting Docsis 3 connections in increases the share to more than 50 per cent.

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 Communication Regulatory Authority FICORA

Description of indicator

The number of fixed-line subscriptions contains all the subscriptions acquired by households and companies. In the statistics, fixed-line broadband subscriptions cover all the broadband subscriptions that have been implemented otherwise than through a mobile network, i.e. also subscriptions using radio technology.

All fixed-line subscriptions have been classified according to their nominal data transfer speed. Data transfer speed means here data transfer speed defined by the telecommunications operator from the network to the user.