Calls and messages 

Updated: 31.10.2016 - Next update: 12.5.2017

During the first half of 2016, roughly 2 billion calls were made from mobile phone subscriptions (-3.7 per cent compared to 2015) lasting around 7.6 billion minutes (-0.2 per cent). This means roughly 61 calls lasting an average of 3:49 minutes each per Finn per month. Compared to the same period in 2015, the number of calls made fell by an average of 2 calls and the average duration of a call was about 8 seconds longer. During the first half of 2016 around 113 million calls were made from the fixed network, and the total duration of the calls was around 325 million minutes. These numbers have decreased steadily in recent years.

Text and multimedia messages sent in Finland amounted to 1.36 billion during the first half-year of 2016, representing a decrease of almost 10 per cent compared to last year. This means a total of 41 text or multimedia messages sent per Finn per month which is 5 messages less than during the first half of 2015.

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.

Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority

Description of indicator

The data is collected bi-annually. Call minutes and the number of messages have been reported in millions during the time periods of 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December.

Fixed network call minutes contain the total number of call minutes made by household and corporate customers from the fixed network (including local, national and international calls, calls to service and freephone numbers and national corporate numbers and mobile subscriptions).

The number of minutes of mobile calls made in Finland (subscriptions or prepaid) by household and corporate customers is included in the title 'Mobile call minutes'.

The number of SMS messages includes all text messages sent in Finland.

The number of MMS messages includes all multimedia messages sent in Finland.