Mobile subscriptions

Updated: 1 Mar 2019
Next update: 4 Oct 2019

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 into mobile broadbands and into other subscriptions. Mobile broadband subscription refers to either 1) all mobile data subscriptions productised by a company for data transfer. Some of these subscriptions can technically be used for telephony (calls, including VoLTE/SMS/MMS) but they have been sold for data-only use. Or to 2) all subscriptions productised for telephony and data transfer. The subscriptions include data transmission services that are subject a monthly fee and they can be used for traditional telephony (calls, including VoLTE/SMS/MMS) that are subject to a subscription-specific pricing scheme.

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


The total number of subscriber connections in mobile networks remained almost the same at over 9.5 million in 2018. The number of voice-and-data mobile phone subscriptions increased to 6.4 million whereas the number of voice-only subscriptions decreased to less than 900,000 subscriptions. These figures do not include machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions. The number of M2M SIM cards increased to 1.3 million.

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.