Nordic telecom report: Mobile continues to increase

NEWS | 30 August 2017

In the Nordic countries, the data volume in the mobile networks is still growing strongly. High-speed broadband subscriptions are also increasingly popular, and all Nordic countries have more subscriptions per capita than the EU average. These are some of the findings in a report from the Nordic telecom authorities.

The annual report, compiled by the national regulatory authorities, describes telecom market trends in the Nordic and Baltic regions in 2010-2016.The comparisons below include the five Nordic countries only.

Nordic countries increasingly mobile - Finland at the top
Data traffic in mobile networks continues to increase. Finland is far ahead when it comes to the consumption of mobile data, using three times as much data per capita and month as Sweden and Denmark in second place (16 and 5 G, respectively).

Finland also has the highest number of mobile subscriptions per capita.

Gbytes of data transferred over mobile networks per capita in a month in the Nordic countries

Source: The Nordic Baltic Telecom Market 2016

High-speed broadband in demand - especially in Sweden
Broadband penetration is high in the Nordic countries, and access to both mobile and fixed broadband continues to increase. Finland has around 70 broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants (fixed plus mobile), placing it at the top of the list, closely followed by Denmark.

When only mobile broadband is considered, Finland is well ahead of the other countries. As for fixed broadband subscriptions, Denmark takes the lead with a penetration of over 40 per cent, while Finland comes last.

When it comes to high-speed broadband (100 Mb), Sweden is well above its neighbours. High-speed subscriptions are, however, growing in all the Nordic countries, all of which rate higher than the EU average of number of subscriptions per capita. The demand for more broadband capacity can be linked to the increasing consumption of audiovisual content online.

IPTV largest in Iceland
The report also includes an overview of access to IPTV as well as cable and satellite television. IPTV penetration is highest in Iceland, where there is no cable TV. On average, 29 of 100 Icelandic inhabitants have an IPTV subscription, while the other Nordic countries have rates from 7 to 11 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

Cable TV penetration is highest in Denmark, followed closely by Finland, while Norway has greater satellite penetration than the other Nordic countries.


Links to Nordic and national telecom reports and statistics:
Telecommunication Markets in the Nordic and Baltic Countries 2016 (PDF)
Nordic Telecommunications Market – database
Links to national reports 2016 in the Nordic countries (PDF from Nordicom's table database)

Press releases from the national authorities, 22 June, 2017:
Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority: Use of mobile data still differs greatly between countries
Nkom: Norske husstander har høyest andel bredbåndsabonnement
PTS: Fler snabba bredbandsabonnemang i Sverige jämfört med andra EU-länder


About the report: Telecommunication Markets in the Nordic and Baltic Countries 2016 includes data for the five Nordic countries and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The report, published annually by the national telecom regulatory agencies, presents development trends for the separate countries through 2016. Find more data in the joint Nordic-Baltic database (established in 2007, including the Baltic states since 2013) or in the report (PDF) via the web portal Nordic Telecommunications Market.