Mobile subscriptions 

Updated: 8.11.2017 - Next update: 30.3.2018

An increasing number of mobile plans include unlimited data. The number of household mobile broadband subscriptions with unlimited data climbed above five million in the first half of 2017. Mobile subscriptions with limited data decreased correspondingly at businesses as well as at home.

Also data transfer speed limitations decreased in the mobile network. Approximately 2 million mobile subscriptions included a minimum limitation of 100 Mbps. The number of 100 Mbps mobile subscriptions increased as much as by one third in the first half. Around 70,000 of the mobile subscriptions sold had a data transfer speed of 300 Mbps or higher.

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.