The average speed of Finland's internet connection has increased by 39% in the first quarter of this year to 6.9 Megabytes per second, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report. This places Finland tenth in the world for the average speed of its internet connection.
Finland has enjoyed the biggest increase in speed of all countries compared to the corresponding period in 2011. The average global internet connection speed in the first quarter of this year was 2.6Mbps.
In 2008, the Finnish government set a target that by the end of 2015 virtually all permanent residences, business offices and permanent offices of public-sector organisations are located within 2km of an optic fibre network or a cable network that enables data connections with a transfer speed of 100 Mb/s.
According to Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications, telecom companies are expected to build fast data connections on market terms, reaching a population coverage of approximately 95%. Public funding is required to make fast connections available to approximately 130,000 households in sparsely populated areas, which will raise the population coverage to over 99%.
Sources: Digitoday, Ministry of Transport and Communications