Calls and messages

Updated: 26 Oct 2018
Next update: 8 Mar 2019

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 declined in the first half of 2018. From 1st of January to the end June, Finns talked on their mobile phones for 224 minutes and sent 30 text messages per month.

At the end of June, a little less than 140,000 homes still had a landline service, down ten per cent from last year. Businesses also continue to abandon fixed-line telephone services.

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.