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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvian mobile operators begin the transition to 5G

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 adopted as core components of the sector's regulatory measures. The country is as also a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU, and has adopted the euro as its national currency. It became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD in June 2016.

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, part-funded by the European Commission (EC).

Four mobile network operators compete in the market. LTE services have been launched commercially, while operators including Tele2 have expanded the reach of their LTE-A services, adopting carrier aggregation technologies to boost data speeds. Operators such as Bité Latvia have also begun the process of transitioning their networks to support services and applications based on 5G. To this end there has been greater development of technologies to develop IoT (Internet of Things) applications, initially in Riga.

Key developments:

Regulator considers spectrum licences in the 3.4GHz and 3.7GHz bands;
Tele2 Latvia extends 3C LTE-A coverage to 70% of the population;
Bité Latvia begins migration path to 5G;
Telekom Baltija secures ten-year extension for its spectrum concessions;
LMT secures both blocks of 5G-suitable 3.4GHz spectrum at auction;
Vodafone Group signs deal to provide support and network services to Tele2 Latvia;
Government rejects Telia Company's proposal to merge LMT with Lattelecom;
Regulator reports on mobile broadband quality of service;
Mid Europa sells Bité Group to Providence Equity Partners;
MNOs expand LTE-A deployments;
Lattelecom launches VDSL vectoring program;
Fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s;
Report update includes the regulator's market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Latvia - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Telecom market revenue ($) - 2006 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
    • REVISED NFR
    • MARKET LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • CARRIER SELECTION (CS) AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • LATTELECOM
      • Table Lattelecom Group financial data (-) - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Lattelecom Group revenue by service (-) - 2013 - 2015
    • NORBY TELECOM
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
      • Table International bandwidth - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Internet bandwidth per subscriber - 2008 - 2015
    • TELECOMS AND IT
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Proportion of connections by broadband data speed/operator - 2013
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2018
      • Table Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2012
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2018; 2020; 2022
  • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2001- 2017
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2007- 2017
    • OTHER FIXED-LINE BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2014
      • EV-DO
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Lattelecom IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2012
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-EDUCATION
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2018
      • Table LMT prepaid subscribers - 2002 - 2018
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table SMS traffic - 2013 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • CDMA licence awarded
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 2.3GHz spectrum
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
        • Table 2.6GHz spectrum auction results - January 2012
      • 700MHz spectrum
        • Table 700MHz spectrum auction results - 2013
      • Third Generation (3G) licences
      • 3.4GHz
      • EU roaming tariffs
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Cumulative mobile numbers ported - 2007 - 2014
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
    • INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
        • Table LMT mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Historic - LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) - 2006 - 2012
        • Table LMT mobile ARPU (-) - 2012 - 2018
        • Table LMT financial data - 2008 - 2018
        • Table LMT mobile services revenue - 2013 - 2018
        • Table LMT mobile services revenue by quarter - 2012 - 2018
      • Tele2 Latvia
        • Table Tele2 mobile financial data - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2018
      • Telekom Baltija/Triatel
      • Bité Latvia
        • Table Bité financial data - 2012 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • QR code readers
  • RELATED REPORTS

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