Internet Service Providers (ISP's) in Finland
High-speed Internet access is standard throughout Finland. Service is absolutely reliable, and ISP subscription rates are reasonable. The Broadband for All 2015 project ensured that virtually all residences, businesses and public administration establishments in Finland have access to at least a 100+ Mb/s broadband network.
Unlike many countries Finnish ISP's don't impose data caps on fixed network usage; you can download an unlimited amount with no "excess" fees or reduction in connection speeds. This is not always the case with mobile network usage, but unlimited data packages are very common.
Data roaming charges within Europe may be higher than your standard rates, but not by much. However, 'fair use' data caps are generally in place for roaming. Rates for use of mobile broadband outside the EU may be significantly higher.
There are many more mobile broadband subscriptions in Finland than there are people, and many Finns use mobile broadband as their only internet connection.
Fixed Broadband - Kiinteät laajakaistat
In 2018 you could pay about €20 per month for a 20 Mb/s ADSL connection. A 50 Mb/s connection may be €25 per month, a 100 Mb/s connection may be €30 per month, and 1000 Mb/s may be €40 per month. Prices vary widely and can be half to double these rates!
Mobile Broadband - Mobiililaajakaistat
In 2018 you could pay about €13 per month for a basic 1 Mb/s 4G connection. A 100 Mb/s 4G connection may be about €25-30 per month, and a 300 Mb/s 4G connection may be about €35-50 per month.
ISP's special offers can be excellent. For example, my current rate for a 100 Mb/s fixed broadband connection is €10 per month.
Check the details of offers; great prices usually mean commitment to a 6-month or one-year contract, and sometimes include additional setup costs and/or equipment charges.
If you travel outside Finland, check data limits and prices. These differ for use within the EU, and outside the EU.
Finland's primary ISP's are Elisa, DNA, and Telia. They are also Telephone Operators and TV service providers. ISP offerings typically include mobile broadband, ADSL / VDSL (connected to a fixed phone line), cable broadband (using the cable TV network), and fibre optic broadband (available in limited locations).
Laajakaista = Broadband, Kiinteä laajakaista = Fixed broadband, Mobiililaajakaista = Mobile broadband
Elisa offers fixed and mobile broadband services as well as devices, cable and broadband TV, and telephone services.
Fixed: elisa.fi/kauppa/ > Kiinteät laajakaistat
Mobile: elisa.fi/kauppa/ > Mobiililaajakaistat
'Nettiasema' prepaid data is also available. The starter kit includes a 4G WLAN mobile router, USB cable, and charger, loaded with one month's free 100 Mb/s mobile broadband. Later you can top up your subscription online. Nettiasema can simultaneously connect to multiple devices, and can be used within Finland and abroad.
Prepaid: elisa.fi/kauppa/ > Kiinteät laajakaistat > Prepaid
Customer Service in English: 0800 94200 Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00, Sat 09:00-16:30
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Providing high speed fiber access to rural archipelago areas - often islands only accessible by boat!
Mobile and Home Telephone Services, Broadband, TV Services
Foreign residents have faced obstacles with certain Finnish telecoms, such as Telia/Sonera's 'Finns Only' policy for certain purchases in 2016. Source: Yle News
- Viestintävirasto: Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority
The Viestintävirasto site provides detailed technical, legal and consumer information about all forms of regulated communications in Finland. The main sections of interest are Internet & Telephone, TV & Radio, Post, and Information Security.
- Internet & Telephone section: Acquisition, use, availability and functionality of telephone and broadband services. Includes .fi domain name info.
- Information Security section: Security and confidentiality of electronic communications. Articles, alerts and vulnerability advisories
- www.viestintavirasto.fi En, Fi, Sw