Mobile data transmission volume

Updated: 1 Mar 2019
Next update: 4 Oct 2019

The data is collected bi-annually. The data transfer volume in the mobile network has been reported in gigabytes during the time periods of 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December according to results.

The data transferred in the mobile network includes the packet switched data traffic sent from or received to telecommunications operators' mobile subscriptions at a given time. The volume contains both the traffic the user has sent (uploaded) and the traffic the user has received (downloaded).


During the second half of 2018, the average Finn sent and received a total of 32 gigabytes of mobile data per month. The amount of data transferred in mobile networks was almost 30% higher than the year before. This means that growth continues to be solid even though it has slowed down in recent years.

Mobile phones account for almost half of all data transferred in mobile networks. The average data usage with mobile phones was 13 GB per month, which is one-third higher compared to the previous year. The average data usage with data-only mobile broadband subscriptions (e.g. 4G modems and 4G tablets) was 43 GB per month, which is one-fourth higher compared to the previous year. In reality, a small minority is responsible for a large share of the data consumption. A typical data usage is less than 20% of the above-mentioned average volumes.

The data volumes have been calculated using the binary system.

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