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Broadband in Finland

The Finnish authorities favour a competition-driven, fibre-based network roll-out assisted by public funds for underserved areas and advice for local municipalities on how to deploy broadband networks.

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Summary of broadband development in Finland

Finland supports the construction of fibre networks in areas that lack business incentives to build high speed networks.  The Digital infrastructure strategy 2018 supports the European Gigabit Society targets 2025, determines objectives for the development of digital infrastructure in Finland by 2025 as well as methods for achieving these objectives.

National broadband strategy and policy

The Finnish Government opts for a competition-driven, fibre-based network roll-out, with a special focus on and assistance for underserved areas (via public funds). Especially with regard to the latter, Finnish authorities advise local municipalities on how to set up entities dedicated to deploying broadband, e.g. by joint venture of multiple municipalities or in partnership with private operators. In terms of investments, funding is expected to come from state and municipalities. A Digital infrastructure strategy was published in October 2018.

Responsible authorities

Main aims and measures for broadband development

The Digital infrastructure strategy, published in October 2018 by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, determines objectives for the development of the digital infrastructure in Finland by 2025 as well as the methods for achieving this objective. By 2025 all households should have access to at least 100 Mbps connections. It should be possible to increase the speed of the connection to 1 Gbps. Cost-efficient construction of optical fibre networks will be facilitated by streamlining the regulation on the placement of telecommunications cables. The permit procedure related to the placement of cables will be developed in connection with the drafting of the Highways Act.

Finland announced the preparation of the national Digital Compass and a draft has been sent to stakeholders for comments. Its adoption is planned for 2022. The purpose is to set national targets and indicators for the thematic areas set out in the EU Digital Decade and to create a coherent vision for long-term digital transformation.

The universal service broadband speed was set to 5 Mbps as from October 2021.

The Finnish Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) foresees investments amounting to EUR 50 million. It includes an investment support scheme to increase the quality and availability of high speed connectivity network in areas where such connections are not provided by the market mechanisms. Financial support will be disbursed to broadband providers. The broadband connections supported under this scheme will offer at least a capacity of 100 Mbit per second.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Finland

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and, availability of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

National and EU publications and press documents

English

Finnish

Contact information

BCO Finland (national Broadband Competence Office): combining representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, and the Agency for Rural Affairs

Postal address: Hallituskatu 3, 00170 Helsinki, Finland (PO Box 30, FI-00023 Government, Finland)
Contact via email
Phone: +35 82 95 16 22 18
Website

Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintäministeriö)

Address: Eteläesplanadi 16, Helsinki, Finland
Contact via email
Phone: +35 82 95 16 001
Website

Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Liikenne- ja viestintävirasto, Traficom)

Postal address: PO Box 320, FI-00059 Traficom, Finland
Phone: +358 29 534 5000
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