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Lithuania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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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.

Key developments:

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.

Companies covered in this report:

Omnitel, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.1.1 Prepaid cards
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.2.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.3.1 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 GSM licences
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 2.6GHz spectrum
4.4 Auction 2013
4.5 Auction 2016
4.6 Significant Market Power (SMP)
4.7 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.8 Roaming
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G)
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G developments
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.3 High-speed Packet Access (HSPA)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Omnitel
6.2 Bité
6.3 Tele2
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Portals
7.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
7.3 Mobile TV
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Proportion of mobile market revenue by service 2010 2015
Table 4 Revenue from roaming services 2006 - 2015
Table 5 Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers 2006 - 2015
Table 6 MVNO share of subscribers and revenue 2003 - 2015
Table 7 Proportion of mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Retail mobile voice services revenue by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 9 3G/4G subscriber market share per operator 2009 - 2015
Table 10 Number of 3G/4G subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 11 Market share per operator by revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 12 Market share per operator by subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 13 Base stations in use 2006 2015
Table 14 Mobile ARPU 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 16 Prepaid subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 17 Mobile data sent on 3G networks (quarterly comparison) 2006 - 2015
Table 18 Mobile data subscriber market share per operator 2009 - 2015
Table 19 Mobile data revenue 2010 - 2015
Table 20 Average mobile data speed by operator 2013 - 2014
Table 21 Total SMS messages sent 2004 - 2016
Table 22 SMS revenue and share of mobile market 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Total MMS messages sent 2004 - 2016
Table 24 Mobile broadband share of subscribers by operators 2013 - 2014
Table 25 Mobile broadband subscribers, penetration 2006 - 2016
Table 27 Mobile interconnection revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 31 HSPA subscribers (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 32 Omnitel mobile subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 33 Omnitel annualised ARPU (LTL) 2005 - 2014
Table 34 Omnitel ARPU () 2013 - 2015
Table 35 Omnitel MOU and churn 2005 - 2015
Table 36 Omnitel mobile revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 37 Bité mobile subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 38 Bité annualised ARPU 2007 2009; 2014
Table 39 Bité Lithuania financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 40 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 41 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 42 M2M connections 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Revenue from roaming services 2006 - 2015
Chart 3 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2002 - 2015
Chart 4 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2006 - 2016
Chart 5 Omnitel annualised ARPU (LTL) 2005 - 2014
Chart 6 Bité financial data 2009 - 2015
Chart 7 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2015
Exhibit 1 2G spectrum awarded
Exhibit 2 4G spectrum awarded 800MHz band

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