1. Mobile services

The largest number of mobile SIM cards per capita was in Estonia - 1.99. Notably, this indicator increased significantly only in Estonia and Lithuania during the analyzed period. In other countries, it remained relatively constant.

The countries’ mobile voice and data subscriptions per capita increase yearly. The values of this indicator do not differ significantly between countries.  

The number of mobile call minutes grew significantly in all countries in 2020–2021 but decreased in 2022.  This criterion highly reflected the effect of covid19 on the electronic communications sector and the way back to “normal life”.

Finland had by far the largest mobile data volumes, 63,3 Gbyte per capita a month. The popularity of subscriptions without data caps and the use of mobile subscriptions as household broadband are essential factors behind this development in Finland. Mobile data traffic grew fast in all countries, especially Latvia and Estonia.

The number of machine-to-machine (M2M) SIM cards was growing in all the countries. M2M SIM cards per capita are highest in Norway, followed by Sweden. Most M2M SIM cards with Swedish and Icelandic numbers are used outside the country.