Calls and messages

Updated: 16 Apr 2018
Next update: 26 Oct 2018

The data is collected bi-annually. Call minutes and the number of messages have been reported in millions during the time periods of 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December.

Fixed network call minutes contain the total number of call minutes made by household and corporate customers from the fixed network (including local, national and international calls, calls to service and freephone numbers and national corporate numbers and mobile subscriptions).

The number of minutes of mobile calls made in Finland (subscriptions or prepaid) by household and corporate customers is included in the title 'Mobile call minutes'.

The number of SMS messages includes all text messages sent in Finland.

The number of MMS messages includes all multimedia messages sent in Finland.


Mobile call and text message volumes have been declining for several years now, and this trend continued also in the second half of 2017. The number of call minutes decreased by one per cent and the number of text messages by 13 per cent. In the second half of 2017, Finns talked on their mobile phones for almost 224 minutes and sent 33 text messages per month.

Household landlines totalled only 150,000, down almost a quarter from the previous year.

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.