Mobile subscriptions

Updated: 16 Apr 2018
Next update: 5 Oct 2018

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. Mobile broadband subscription refers to either 1) a mobile data connection that does not include traditional telephony. These types of connections cannot be used for telephony, and the pricing scheme does not include telephony charges. In other words, these connections can only be used for data transmission and possibly for sending SMSs and MMSs. Or to 2) all subscriptions that include data transmission services subject a monthly charge or that have been used to purchase data transmission services in the last three months and that can also be used for traditional telephony which is subject to a pricing scheme.

From 2H2017 onwards, prepaid subscriptions that have been used for data transfer are included to mobile broadbands.


The total number of subscriptions remained almost unchanged at 9.5 million in 2017. At the end of the year, two-thirds of these were mobile subscriptions (voice&data) and one fifth were so-called mobile broadband subscriptions (data-only). Only about 10% of subscriptions were voice-only, meaning that they do not include a data transmission service.

At the end of 2017, almost 111,000 of all mobile subscriptions sold had a data transfer speed of 300 Mbps or higher. Volumes grew in both the max 10 Mbps and the 100 Mbps or higher category, while sales declined in the medium categories.

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.