Mobile subscriptions

Updated: 5 Oct 2018
Next update: 1 Mar 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 first by means of invoicing ground of data-transfer 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.


At the end of June 2018, the total number of subscriptions in the mobile network remained at around 9.5 million, of which 23 per cent were data-only, 67 per cent voice+data and 10 voice-only plans. The number of subscriptions with unlimited domestic data increased by 3 per cent to more than 6.2 million.

Information from the end of 2017 was updated in connection with update 1H 2018.

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.