Lithuania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Lithuania's mobile market is served by Omnitel, Bité and Tele2, as well as by a number of MVNOs. In addition, the state-owned broadcaster Telecentras has become the fourth mobile operator, with an extensive LTE infrastructure using spectrum formerly assigned to its WiMAX offering.
SIM card penetration is high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for the majority of subscribers the proportion of postpaid services is increasing. With dwindling new subscriber acquisition opportunities, mobile operators are heavily marketing mobile broadband services, made possible from past investments in 3G and HSPA networks and ongoing upgrades with LTE technology. By early 2016 services based on LTE networks were available to more than 90% of the population.
As was the case with the mobile voice market, competition is driving down prices for mobile broadband plans and accelerating customer take-up. The recent acquisition by TEO of the remaining shares in Omnitel has also provided the company with a secure presence in the market for convergent services and bundled offerings.
This report provides an overview of the Lithuania's highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, and services on offer as well as a range of insightful statistics.
Regulator prepares auction for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, licences to be held to 2032; Tele2 launches tri-band carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 300Mb/s; Mid Europa Partners agrees to sell Bité Lithuania; Telecentras contracts Huawei to upgrade its mobile network with LTE; TEO completes takeover of Omnitel; Bité Lithuania expands LTE-A services delver data at up to 300Mb/s; TeliaSonera partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services by 2018; Omnitel expands LTE network; spectrum auctioned in the 2.6GHz band and 800MHz bands; report updates includes the regulator's market data to September 2015, telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.