Category Archives: Finland

The secret behind Elisa’s financials

The Finnish-Estonian operator Elisa just published its 4Q 2017 results. And it was a new record in revenue and profitability.

How is that even possible? Readers of our public analysis of mobile data usage know that Finland is the mobile data usage powerhouse of the world – and that Elisa is no exception.

But Elisa doesn’t charge per gigabyte – so where is the revenue growth coming from? How can the company make more profit when it needs to handle all that traffic? This blog reveals their secret. Continue reading The secret behind Elisa’s financials

Who has the best network in the Nordics?

There are several ways to measure network performance and the results of published tests can therefore differ.

Mobile operators have a tendency to criticise test results when they have lost and promote results when they have won.

An example of this is the recent drivetest by Connect Magazine in Switzerland as performed by P3 Group. Whereas Salt seems furious – the CEO-commented release is an interesting read – Sunrise uses the results in its marketing.

Who will be the first operator – anywhere – to complain about a test methodology after having won?

What differs even more than the network test results is the perception of network quality. For an operator it is much more important that its customers are having the perception of the best network than actually having the best network. Continue reading Who has the best network in the Nordics?

European 4G – mission accomplished?

Look at the graph below. It should satisfy mobile end-users, operators, regulators, politicians and equipment suppliers.

It shows that all operators have improved 4G coverage to the extent that they all (well almost) reach above 90% of the population by the end of June.

Mission accomplished then? Continue reading European 4G – mission accomplished?

Nordic operator benchmark 2017

Benchmarks, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year: Comprehensive business benchmark including more than 600 KPIs covering revenue, OPEX, CAPEX, headcount productivity, subscriptions & channels, performance, load, quality and innovation & growth – for 41 functions of mobile, fixed/cable and integrated operators – respectively. Continue reading Nordic operator benchmark 2017

Nordic operator benchmark 2016

Benchmarks, 2016Nordic flags

For the fourth consecutive year: Comprehensive business benchmark including more than 600 KPIs covering revenue, OPEX, CAPEX, headcount productivity, subscriptions & channels, performance, load, quality and innovation & growth – for 41 functions of mobile, fixed/cable and integrated operators – respectively. Continue reading Nordic operator benchmark 2016

Nordic operators’ networks have no equal in speed. On 3G.

4G coverage is great as well – but 4G speeds are slowing

Having ran the Nordic operator benchmark four years in a row now we know that Nordic operators have world-leading network quality.

OpenSignalOpenSignal just issued its first State of Mobile Networks report covering the four Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Based on 34 million crowdsourced tests taken in Q1 2016, OpenSignal shows which country (and which operator in it) that has the best:

  • 4G coverage
  • 4G download speed
  • 3G download speed
  • Combined download speed
  • 4G latency
  • 3G latency

And it is a race of high standards and tight results. Continue reading Nordic operators’ networks have no equal in speed. On 3G.

German operators: We listened to your customers. Maybe you should too?

This innocent tweet – based on official statistics from the German and Finnish telecom regulators – has currently been read by more than 90 000 people:

Continue reading German operators: We listened to your customers. Maybe you should too?

“The best network” worth 6% of EBITDA

Wondered why American carriers spent so much effort and marketing dollars claiming and defending “the best mobile network” position lately?

It started with Verizon‘s balls commercial:

Continue reading “The best network” worth 6% of EBITDA

Finland: The land of five thousand Megabytes

finland-1-450x320A year ago, we published “Finland: The land of three thousand Megabytes“. And it must have hit a nerve since it is – still today – one of our most read posts.

46% of Finnish SIMs are what the Finnish NRA calls “pay monthly subscribers with unlimited data“.

And when there are no caps or allowances hindering 46% of the Finnish devices to fully embrace mobile data, the usage growth continues: The average Finnish SIM consumed 90% more data in 2015 than in 2014.

Finland MBoU per operator 2015 2

Continue reading Finland: The land of five thousand Megabytes

Crowdsourced 4G experience: Benchmarking Nordic operators

OpenSignalThe mobile network performance crowdsourcer OpenSignal published its latest State of LTE report today. This time it’s based on data samples from 357924 mobile users who have OpenSignal’s app on their Android devices. The network performance data isn’t just gathered when users actively do a measurement; it’s collected all the time and the number of samples are therefore hundreds of millions. The stats thus better represent the normal behavioural patterns of users when it comes to time and location. The data is collected during the fourth quarter of 2015. Continue reading Crowdsourced 4G experience: Benchmarking Nordic operators