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Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Fibre accounting for two-thirds of broadband lines in Lithuania

Lithuania’s small telecoms market is among the more developed in Europe. A number of alternative operators offer services although the incumbent TEO, owed by TeliaSonera, remains the dominant operator in the fixed-line and broadband sectors. The number of fixed-line voice subscribers is in steady decline, attributed to fixed-to-mobile substitution.

The cable and DSL broadband sectors remain vibrant, offering effective competition in urban areas, though the focus among telcos as well as the government has been on investing in fibre networks, with an emphasis on delivering gigabyte data speeds. By early 2016 fibre accounted for the majority of new broadband connections. As a result of these efforts, Lithuania has one of the highest fibre broadband penetration rates globally. Regulatory measures have ensured that there is effective competition to TEO, while the government has also committed to providing €1 billion for fibre-based national broadband infrastructure. Widespread internet usage has also resulted in a fast-emerging internet society, with a range of ICT services improving social and economic development, and with various e-commerce, e-government, e-education and e-health services increasingly available and used.

A burgeoning digital TV market is evident as a consequence of the transition to digital-only broadcasting. TEO is well positioned to develop the sector due to the company’s involvement in both videostreaming services and digital terrestrial TV.

The 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.

The recent acquisition by TEO of the remaining shares in Omnitel, the second largest player in the mobile market, has also provided the company with a secure presence in the market for convergent services and bundled offerings.

This report provides an overview of Lithuania’s telecom sector. It includes a variety of statistics from the regulator and the main players, as well as an overview of regulatory developments, and telecommunications network infrastructure. The report also reviews Lithuania’s highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, mobile data services and the development of 5G which is expected to be commercialised by 2018. In addition, the report offers a wide range of statistical data on the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including forecasts to 2020, as well as an overview of the videostreaming and digital TV sectors.

Key developments:

TEO and Omnitel merge;
JV created by Bité, Omnitel, Tele2 and TEO begins administering number portability;
Regulator removes obligations on TEO relating to fixed access market;
Lithuanian FttP penetration ranked among highest in the world; Government develops RAIN project extending fibre backbone to rural areas;
TEO fibre networks reach three-quarters of the population;
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;
Bité Lithuania expands LTE-A services delver data at up to 300Mb/s;
TeliaSonera partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services by 2018;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TEO, CSC Telecom, Telekomunikaciju grupa, Cubio, Eurocom SIP, Nacionalinis telekomunikacij tinklas, Norby Telecom, Vinita, Balticum TV, Omnitel, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Lithuania - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015 (9M)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF LITHUANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom revenue (€) and annual change - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue by service (€) - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Telecom investment annual growth (LTL) - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telecom investment (€) - 2003 - 2015
      • Table ARPU per service (€) - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by operator - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by sector - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks - 2003 - 2015
  • 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
        • Table Wholesale access lines by type - 2006 - 2015
      • Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table CS and CPS lines - 2008 - 2015
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed numbers ported - 2004 - 2015
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Market share of fixed-lines and revenue, alternative operators - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-lines by operator - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-telephony revenue - 2004 - 2015
    • LIETUVOS TELEKOMAS (TEO)
      • Table TEO Group revenue (LTL) - 2009 - 2014
      • Table TEO Group financial data (LTL) - 2006 - 2014
      • Table TEO Group financial data - 2006 - 2014
      • Table TEO Group financial data (€) - 2006 - 2015
      • Table TEO - fixed-line financial data - 2013 - 2015
      • Table TEO investments - 2011 - 2015
      • Table TEO Group revenue by sector (LTL) - 2009 - 2014
      • Table TEO Group subscribers by sector - 2009 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
      • TEO
        • Table TEO - fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2015
    • WHOLESALING
      • Overview
        • Table Dark fibre lines - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Revenue from wholesale access services - 2005 - 2014
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
      • Introduction and statistical overview
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rates - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rates - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections by access type - 2009 - 2015
        • Table ISP market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Internet services market revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Internet access market share by access type - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband subscriber net additions per year - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Internet ARPU - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Broadband data rates as proportion of subscribers - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Super-fast broadband connections by type - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table TEO fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table ADSL subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Wholesale DSL lines - 2006 - 2014
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table FttP/FttB subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table TEO FttX subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table TEO investment in FttX infrastructure - 2006 - 2015
        • Table FttX market share by operator - 2014 - 2015
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
        • Table TEO Wi-Fi subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Wi-Fi subscribers - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table WiMAX subscribers - 2011 - 2015
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Broadcasting revenue by platform (€) - 2005 - 2015
      • Table TV and radio revenue (€) - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV providers by platform - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV market share by platform - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Digital TV subscribers by access method - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Digital TV market share by access method - 2008 - 2015
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by offer - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Subscribers to double and triple play services - 2010 - 2015
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table TEO IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2015
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
      • Table Historic - Cable TV and MMDS subscribers - 1997 - 2004
      • Table Cable TV and MMDS subscribers - 2005 - 2015
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • Table DTTV revenue - 2011 - 2014
      • Table TEO DTTV subscribers - 2008 - 2015
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • OVERVIEW
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • Infrastructure
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historical -Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of mobile market revenue by service - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Revenue from roaming services - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table MVNO share of subscribers and revenue - 2003 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Retail mobile voice services revenue by operator - 2009 - 2014
        • Table 3G/4G subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Number of 3G/4G subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Market share per operator by revenue - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Market share per operator by subscribers - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Base stations in use - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile data sent on 3G networks (quarterly comparison) - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data revenue - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Average mobile data speed by operator - 2013 - 2014
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2004 - 2016
        • Table SMS revenue and share of mobile market - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Total MMS messages sent - 2004 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband share of subscribers by operators - 2013 - 2014
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers, penetration - 2006 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
        • Table 2G spectrum awarded
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Accumulative mobile number portings - 2004 - 2015
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • Auction 2013
        • Table 4G spectrum awarded - 800MHz band
      • Auction 2016
      • Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile interconnection revenue - 2007 - 2015
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European retail data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
        • Table European wholesale voice and data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table HSPA subscribers (historic) - 2007 - 2012
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Omnitel
        • Table Omnitel mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Omnitel annualised ARPU (LTL) - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Omnitel ARPU (€) - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Omnitel MOU and churn - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Omnitel mobile revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Bité
        • Table Bité mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Bité annualised ARPU - 2007 - 2009; 2014
        • Table Bité Lithuania financial data - 2009 - 2015
      • Tele2
        • Table Tele2 mobile financial data - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2015
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Portals
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M connections - 2012 - 2015
      • Mobile TV

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