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Lithuania - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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Lithuanian fibre reaches two-thirds of the population

BuddeComm’s annual publication, Lithuania - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media sectors of one of Eastern Europe’s more advanced telecom markets. The report includes the regulator’s market data for 2012, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013 and market developments to May 2013.

Telecom market overview

The telecoms market has seen falling revenue in recent years as the economy continues to recover from the mauling experienced in 2008/9. Lower revenue from fixed and mobile telephony is partly offset by increases from the cable TV sector. Nevertheless, investment in fibre and mobile infrastructure has placed the country as one of the regional leaders for fibre infrastructure, with the regulator promoting access to networks in a bid to encourage competition and prevent any one operator developing a monopoly for fibre infrastructure. The incumbent TEO remains the dominant player in DSL access, and has made great strides to gain market share from altnets in fibre networks.

Mobile market

Lithuania’s mobile sector forms by far the largest part of the telecom market by revenue. Served by three MNOs, two of which have significant interests across the Baltics and Scandinavia, the market also has a few MVNOs and resellers, though their collective market share has fallen steadily during the last three years. Strong competition has driven growth, particularly in mobile data services. With one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Europe, operators have focussed on HSPA and LTE networks to deliver services to customers and so increase revenue and APU. The regulator has consulted on its programme to use additional frequencies for mobile voice and data services, which would help extend the reach of broadband to rural areas.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2013
Sector | 2010 | 2013 (e)
Subscribers by sector (million):
Fixed broadband subscribers | 0.68 | 0.79
Mobile broadband | 0.19 | 0.32
Mobile phone | 4.89 | 5.0
Fixed-line telephony | 0.75 | 0.65
Penetration by sector:
Fixed broadband | 21% | 26%
Mobile | 151% | 170%
Fixed-line | 23% | 20%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

In the fourth quarter of 2012 investment in network infrastructure fell 4.2% quarter-on-quarter and fell 26.2% year-on-year. Most investment has gone to fiber broadband and 4G networks.
Number portings now account for more than 12% of all fixed-lines in service.
The share of fixed-voice lines held by altnets is approaching 11%, compared to less than 2% a decade ago.
TEO was late to invest in fibre, and given that the cost of access to its own infrastructure through LLU was relatively high cablecos were encouraged to invest in their own shared networks. As a result, altnets accounted for 99.5% of all fibre connections in 2005, though this has been reduced to 61%.
All three MNOs have been awarded spectrum in the 2500MHz-2560MHz and 2620MHz-2680MHz bands, with coverage requirements including having to reach 50% network coverage to five cities by 2015 and 50% to 15 cities by 2017.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Lithuania.

It provides further information on:

Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Lithuania - 2012 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2012
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2012
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2012
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics - 2012
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2012
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF LITHUANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom revenue by key services - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Telecom investment annual growth - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by operator - 2010 - 2012
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by sector - 2011 - 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
      • EU regulatory framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN LITHUANIA
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
        • Table Call termination charges - 2010 - 2012
      • Access
      • Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table CS and CPS lines - 2008 - 2012
      • Number portability (NP)
        • Table Accumulative fixed number portings - 2004 - 2011
  • FIXED NETWORK MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Market share of fixed-lines and revenue, alternative operators - 2003 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-lines by operator - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-telephony retail and wholesale revenue - 2010 - 2011
    • LIETUVOS TELEKOMAS (TEO)
      • Table TEO group financial data - 2006 - 2013
      • Table TEO group financial data - 2006 - 2013
      • Table TEO Group revenue by sector - 2009 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2013
      • TEO
        • Table TEO - fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2013
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2012
    • WHOLESALING
      • Table Dark fibre lines - 2008 - 2012
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Internet users and penetration rates - 1999 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections by access type - 2009 - 2012
      • Table ISP market share by subscribers - 2009 - 2012
      • Table Internet services market revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue by key services - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Internet access market share by access type - 2006 - 2012
      • Fixed broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Total internet subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Internet ARPU - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Broadband data rates as proportion of subscribers - 2009 - 2012
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRIC DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table TEO fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2013
      • Table ADSL subscribers - 2006 - 2014
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH) NETWORKS
      • Infrastructure sharing
        • Table Fibre connections by operator - 2006 - 2011
        • Table FttH/FttB subscribers - 2008 - 2013
        • Table TEO FttX subscribers - 2006 - 2013
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Market overview
      • WiFi
        • Table TEO WiFi subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table WiFi subscribers - 2011 - 2012
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX subscribers - 2011 - 2012
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2006 - 2012
  • DIGITAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by offer - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services - 2010 - 2012
      • Overview of media convergence
        • Table Broadcasting revenue - 2005 - 2012
      • Overview of broadcasting market
        • Table Pay TV subscribers - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Pay TV market share by platform - 2009 - 2012
      • Digital TV
        • Table Digital TV subscribers by access method - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Digital TV market share by access method - 2008 - 2012
        • Table TEO IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Cable TV and MMDS subscribers - 1997 - 2012
        • Table Satellite TV revenue - 2011 - 2012
        • Table DTTV revenue - 2011 - 2012
        • Table TEO DTTV subscribers - 2008 - 2013
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • Lithuania's emerging internet society
        • Table Proportion of population making online purchases - 2005 - 2013
      • E-government
        • Table Uptake of e-government services by businesses - 2004 - 2011
        • Table Uptake of e-government services by individuals - 2004 - 2011
      • E-health
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF LITHUANIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historical -Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Proportion of mobile market revenue by service - 2009 - 2011
        • Table Revenue from roaming services - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers - 2006 - 2012
        • Table MVNO share of subscribers and revenue - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Proportion of mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue - 2006 - 2012
        • Table 3G subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Number of 3G subscribers - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Market share per operator by revenue - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Market share per operator by subscribers - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Base stations in use - 2006 - 2011
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
        • Table 2G spectrum awarded
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Accumulative mobile number portings - 2004 - 2012
      • Third GSM licence awarded
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 790-860MHz spectrum
      • Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Third Generation (3G)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Overview of operators
      • Omnitel
        • Table Omnitel subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Omnitel annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Omnitel MOU and churn - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Omnitel financial data - 2005 - 2013
      • Bité
        • Table Bité mobile subscribers by type - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Bité annualised ARPU - 2007 - 2009
        • Table Bité Lithuania financial data - 2009 - 2013
      • Tele2
        • Table Tele2 mobile financial data - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2013
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2012
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2004 - 2012
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total MMS messages sent - 2004 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
        • Table Mobile data sent on 3G networks (quarterly comparison) - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Mobile data sent on 3G networks (by year) - 2006 - 2012
        • Table GPRS, EDGE and UMTS subscribers - 2004 - 2012
        • Table Mobile data subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Mobile data revenue - 2010 - 2012
      • General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-speed Packet Access (HSPA)
        • Table HSPA subscribers - 2007 - 2012
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Portals
      • Machine-t0-Machine (M2M)
      • Mobile TV
  • FORECASTS
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Notes on scenario forecasts

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