DNA Plc contracted Omnitele to measure and compare the data speeds offered by Finnish mobile service providers DNA, Elisa and Telia in the 10 largest cities in Finland. The benchmark focused on the data speeds available with each service provider’s premium subscription available to the consumers (unlimited data volume, highest available data rate) and with 5G capable terminal.

The measurements were carried out in November-December 2020.

Main Results

Data speeds achieved by all operators were at an excellent level. Considering the most typical use cases, such as web browsing and video streaming, the measured data rates enable excellent mobile service experience with all three service providers.

Thanks to 5G introduction the data speeds had improved significantly since previous measurements. The highest average download data speed was measured with the DNA subscription, 313 Mbps. The results for Elisa and Telia subscriptions were 267 and 215 Mbps, respectively.

Benchmark results varied during the measurements in different cities and locations, mainly depending on the phase of 5G implementation. In all 10 cities all operators had 5G available, coverage areas still varying.

In addition to average data speeds, the study also investigated the availability of different video quality levels based on the connection speed recommendations.

5 Mbps was selected to present the standard requirement of HD-video streaming, and 25 Mbps as the requirement for Ultra-HD (4K) video. 5 Mbps was achieved most of the time, 97-98%, by all subscriptions. The Ultra-HD requirement (25 Mbps) was reached by 89 % of the samples with the DNA subscription, by 91 % of the samples with the Elisa subscription and by 86 % of the samples with the Telia subscription.

Full report available in Finnish here

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