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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvian regulator auctions 3.4GHz spectrum for 5G use

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).

There is effective competition in the mobile market, with extensive LTE services having been upgraded with LTE-A 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, while spectrum auctions held at the end of 2017 and in September 2018 will allow the licensees LMT and Tele2 Latvia to provide commercial 5G services from 2019. There has also been greater development of technologies to develop IoT (Internet of Things) applications, initially in Riga, which will exploit 5G capabilities.

Key developments:

Lattelecom to be rebranded as tet';
Bité switches on its NB-IoT network, begins migration path to 5G;
Tele2 Latvia secures a 50MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G use;
Telekom Baltija secures ten-year extension for its spectrum concessions;
Vodafone Group signs deal to provide support and network services to Tele2 Latvia;
Lattelecom expands VDSL vectoring;
Fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 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 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Latvia - 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Telecom market revenue (-) - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Telecom market revenue ($) - 2006 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • REVISED NFR
    • MARKET LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • CARRIER SELECTION (CS) AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed numbers ported - 2013 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • LATTELECOM
      • Table Lattelecom Group financial data (-) - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Lattelecom Group revenue by service (-) - 2013 - 2017
    • 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 - 2016
      • Table Internet bandwidth per subscriber - 2008 - 2015
    • TELECOMS AND IT
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • 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 Historic - Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2012
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2001- 2018
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2007- 2018
    • OTHER FIXED-LINE BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
        • Table Fixed wireless broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • EV-DO
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-EDUCATION
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Historic - Lattelecom IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2012
  • 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 INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table LMT M2M connections - 2014 - 2018
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table SMS traffic - 2013 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Average mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator and platform - 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 Annual mobile numbers ported - 2007 - 2016
    • 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)
  • RELATED REPORTS

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