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Published: 9 June 2009

Number of telecommunications subscriptions in Finland quadrupled in 20 years

In 1988 there were a total of nearly 2.6 million telephone subscriptions in Finland; fixed telephone network subscriptions numbered nearly 2.5 million and mobile phone subscriptions some 140,000. In the past two decades, communication has changed from location-specific use of telephones to a more varied kind of communication not bound to a certain location in which non-voice services and data transmission have an increasingly important role alongside voice services. At the end of 2008 there were already over 10 million telecommunications subscriptions in Finland; fixed telephone network subscriptions numbered close on 1.7 million, mobile phone subscriptions 6.9 million and broadband subscriptions nearly 2.1 million.

In 2008 the use of services in the mobile communication network increased again from previous years. The number of calls from mobile phones increased by 3 per cent from the year before and call minutes increased by some 8 per cent. The number of text and multimedia messages sent increased as well; by 12 and 32 per cent, respectively, from the year 2007. The volume of data transmitted in the mobile phone network grew tenfold from 2007 volumes. This growth was supported by the increase in mobile broadband subscriptions in 2008. At the end of the year the number of mobile broadband subscriptions was reported at nearly 490,000, while one year previously their number was some 140,000.

The number of personnel of telecommunications operators fell by 11 per cent from the year before in 2008. Turnover contracted by some 5 per cent from that in 2007. Telecommunications network operators’ investments in network and other tangible assets stayed on level with the year before.

Fixed telephone subscriptions and mobile phone subscriptions in 1980-2008 and broadband subscriptions on 2001-2008

Fixed telephone subscriptions and mobile phone subscriptions in 1980-2008 and broadband subscriptions on 2001-2008
In the above figure mobile broadband subscriptions are included in both broadband and mobile phone subscriptions.

Source: Telecommunications 2008, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Telecommunications [e-publication].
2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.10.2019].
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