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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Bité Latvia sold to Providence Equity Partners

Latvia's telecom market has been shaped by the European Union, with the EU's 2002 regulatory policies and the revised 2009 New Regulatory Framework being the centre piece of the sector's regulatory measures. The country is as also a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU. At the beginning of 2014 Latvia became the 18th country to adopt the euro as its national currency, and by the end of the year the incumbent telco, Lattelecom, transitioned to the euro for all of its businesses in both Latvia and Lithuania. The former currency, the Lat, had joined the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) in May 2005. Latvia is also a candidate country to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD.

Latvia's broadband market continues to suffer from inadequate progress on local loop unbundling, though the government has stepped up its efforts to build a national fibre broadband network, recently securing funding from the EC.

Four GSM/CDMA/WCDMA mobile network operators vie for customers in a competitive market. LTE services have been launched commercially, while the recent auction of 2.6GHz spectrum has enabled this band's use for LTE. A significant auction of digital dividend spectrum held at the end of 2013 saw three operators secure licenses to 2030.

Key developments:

Mid Europa sells Bité Group to Providence Equity Partners; MNOs expand LTE-A deployments; Lattelecom launches VDSL vectoring program; fixed-line call termination rates reduced by 89%; fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s; EC funding for fibre networks supporting the government' program to build a national network; Report update includes the regulator's market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Latvia's telecoms sector 2015 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 24%
Fixed broadband | 28%
Mobile SIM (population) | 124%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Lattelecom, Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité, Telekom Baltija, Zetcom, Tele2, Latvenergo.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis latest developments
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
5.2 Revised NFR
5.3 Market liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Carrier selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Lattelecom
6.2 Norby Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 Telecoms and IT
8. Broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.1.1 Market analysis
8.1.2 Government support
8.1.3 Broadband statistics
9. Forecasts
9.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
10. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
10.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
10.1.1 ADSL2+
10.1.2 VDSL
10.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
10.3 Other fixed-line broadband services
10.3.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
10.3.2 EV-DO
11. Digital economy
11.1 E-government
11.2 E-education
11.3 E-health
12. Digital media
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Key digital media players
12.2.1 Baltcom
12.2.2 Izzi
12.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV
12.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
12.5 Videostreaming
13. Mobile communications
13.1 Market analysis latest developments
13.1.1 Mobile statistics
13.1.2 Mobile voice
13.1.3 Mobile data
13.1.4 Mobile broadband statistics
13.2 Regulatory issues
13.2.1 CDMA licence awarded
13.2.2 900MHz spectrum
13.2.3 2.3GHz spectrum
13.2.4 2.6GHz spectrum
13.2.5 700MHz spectrum
13.2.6 Third Generation (3G) licences
13.2.7 EU roaming tariffs
13.2.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
13.2.9 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
13.3 Mobile infrastructure
13.3.1 Digital networks
13.4 Other infrastructure developments
13.4.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
13.4.2 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
13.5 Major mobile operators
13.5.1 Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
13.5.2 Tele2 Latvia
13.5.3 Telekom Baltija/Triatel
13.5.4 Bité
13.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
13.5.6 Mobile TV
13.6 Mobile content and applications
13.6.1 QR code readers
14. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Latvia 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom market revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 8 Lattelecom Group financial data 2004 - 2014
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 11 International bandwidth 2008 - 2014
Table 12 Proportion of connections by broadband data speed/operator 2013
Table 13 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 14 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2001 - 2015
Table 16 Broadband subscribers by technology 2009 - 2013
Table 17 Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers 2002 - 2012
Table 18 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2010 2012; 2015; 2020
Table 19 DSL subscribers 2001- 2015
Table 20 Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2014
Table 21 Lattelecom IPTV subscribers 2007 - 2012
Table 22 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2004
Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 24 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 25 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 26 2.6GHz spectrum auction results January 2012
Table 27 700MHz spectrum auction results 2013
Table 28 European roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 29 European SMS roaming charges ( cents) 2012 - 2014
Table 30 European data roaming charges ( cents) 2012 - 2014
Table 31 Cumulative mobile numbers ported 2007 - 2011
Table 32 LMT mobile subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 33 Historic - LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) 2006 - 2012
Table 34 LMT mobile ARPU () 2012 - 2015
Table 35 LMT financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 36 LMT mobile services revenue 2013 - 2015
Table 37 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 38 Tele2 subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 39 Bité financial data 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Lattelecom Group financial data 2004 - 2014
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2003 - 2015
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2002 - 2015
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Chart 5 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002 - 2014
Chart 6 LMT mobile financial data 2008 - 2015
Chart 7 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2015
Exhibit 1 EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling
Exhibit 3 Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
Exhibit 4 Number portability defined
Exhibit 5 The Economist Intelligence Unit annual e-readiness criteria

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