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Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Telia partners with vendor to develop 5G services

Lithuania’s small telecoms market is among the better developed in Europe. Several alternative operators offer services although the incumbent Telia Lithuania is still 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 broadband segment remains small while the DSL segment has been in decline as subscribers are migrated to fibre networks. The focus among telcos as well as the government has been on investing in fibre, with an emphasis on delivering gigabyte data speeds. Fibre now account for most new broadband connections.

The country has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe, and it has one of the most mature fibre markets in the region. ISPs have focussed in IP-delivered services and bundled offers, which has encouraged investment in fibre infrastructure as a delivery platform. Widespread internet use 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.

In the mobile sector there is effective competition among the three networks operators Telia Lithuania, Bité and Tele2, which have all invested in LTE in a bid to develop revenue from mobile data services. SIM card penetration is high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for most subscribers the proportion of higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers is increasing. Mobile operators are developing the mobile data services sector through continuing investments in 3G and LTE networks, while work is also underway to develop services based on 5G.

The auction of spectrum in a range of bands has enabled the MNOs to improve on mobile broadband capacity. In April 2018 the regulator launched a consultation on the use of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz ranges, both of which have been earmarked for 5G services within Europe. In addition, a spectrum refarming exercise in late 2017 has enabled MNOs to have greater continuous spectrum bands to improve data service offerings. Since mid-2018 Telia Lithuania has repurposed some of its 3G spectrum holdings for LTE use.

This report provides an overview of Lithuania’s fixed-line communications 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 covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including subscriber forecasts, and reviews the highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, and services.

Key developments:

Telia Lithuania begins refarming 3G spectrum for LTE use;
Regulator consults on future use of 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz spectrum ranges;
MNOs complete refarming of 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum;
Tele2 launches tri-band carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 350Mb/s;
Telia Company partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services;
Cgates expands through additional acquisitions;
Lithuanian FttP penetration ranked third highest in Europe;
Government develops RAIN project extending fibre backbone to rural areas;
Telia’s fibre networks reach three-quarters of the population;
Bité, Tele2 and Telia create JV to administer number portability database;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q1 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Lietuvos (Telia Lithuania), Vinita, Tele2 Lithuania, Balticum TV, Cgates, CSC Telecom, Telekomunikaciju grupa, Cubio, Eurocom SIP, Nacionalinis telekomunikacij tinklas, Norby Telecom, Bité Lithuania.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Lithuania – 2018 (e)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom revenue (€) and annual change – 2003 - 2018
      • Table Retail telecom revenue by service (€) – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Telecom investment annual growth (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telecom investment (€) – 2003 - 2017
      • Table ARPU per service (€) – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by operator – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Telecom revenue market share by major sector – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks – 2003 - 2018
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue – 2010 - 2017
    • ACCESS
      • Table Wholesale access lines by type – 2006 - 2017
    • CARRIER SELECTION AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table CS and CPS lines – 2008 - 2017
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Cumulative fixed numbers ported – 2004 – 2017
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of fixed-lines and revenue, alternative operators – 2003 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-lines by operator – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-telephony revenue – 2004 - 2017
    • TELIA LIETUVOS (FORMERLY TEO)
      • Table Telia revenue (LTL) – 2009 - 2014
      • Table Telia financial data (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telia financial data (€) – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Telia revenue by service (€) – 2015 - 2017
      • Table Telia fixed-line revenue by service (SEK) – 2013 - 2018
      • Table Telia investments – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Telia revenue by sector (LTL) – 2009 - 2014
      • Table Telia fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2019
      • Telia Lietuvos
      • Alternative operators
        • Table Altnets – fixed-line subscribers – 2011 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
    • WHOLESALING
      • Table Dark fibre lines – 2008 - 2017
      • Table Dark fibre revenue – 2014 - 2017
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rates – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rates – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections by access type – 2009 - 2017
        • Table ISP market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
        • Table Retail internet services market revenue – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Internet market revenue share by platform – 2015 - 2017
        • Table Internet access market share by access type – 2006 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line and mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2019
        • Table Fixed broadband subscriber net additions per year – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Internet ARPU – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Broadband data rates as proportion of subscribers – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Super-fast broadband connections by type – 2010 - 2018
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband share by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Telia fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Wholesale DSL lines – 2006 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Infrastructure sharing
        • Table FttP/FttB subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Telia FttX subscribers – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Telia investment in FttX infrastructure – 2006 - 2017
        • Table FttX market share by operator – 2014 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
        • Table Telia Wi-Fi subscribers – 2007 - 2015
        • Table Wi-Fi subscribers – 2011 - 2018
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots – 2012 - 2016
        • Table WiMAX subscribers – 2011 - 2017
        • Table WiMAX base stations in service – 2009 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
    • E-HEALTH
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Broadcasting revenue by platform (€) – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Pay TV subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by platform – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Digital TV subscribers by access method – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Digital TV market share by access method – 2008 - 2016
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by offer – 2008 - 2018
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table IPTV subscribers – 2014 - 2018
      • Table Telia IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historical - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
        • Table Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market revenue (€) – 2012 - 2017
        • Table MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue – 2012 - 2017
        • Table 3G/4G subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Number of 3G/4G subscribers – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Market share of revenue by operator – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Base stations in use – 2006 – 2018
        • Table Mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2017
        • Table Prepaid subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile data sent on mobile networks (quarterly comparison) – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Mobile data sent per subscriber – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Mobile data subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Average mobile data speed by operator – 2013 - 2014
        • Table Total SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2018
        • Table SMS revenue and share of mobile market – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Total MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband share of subscribers by operators – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers, penetration – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers, penetration – 2008 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Cumulative mobile number portings – 2004 - 2018
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 3.4GHz
      • Spectrum auction 2013
      • Spectrum auction 2016
      • Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile interconnection revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
        • Table European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
        • Table Revenue from roaming services – 2006 - 2017
      • SIM card registration
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2015 - 2016
        • Table LTE base stations in service – 2011 - 2018
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2015 - 2018
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M connections – 2012 - 2018
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia
        • Table Telia Lithuania mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Telia Lithuania annualised ARPU (LTL) – 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telia Lithuania mobile ARPU (€) – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Telia Lithuania MOU and churn – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Telia Lithuania mobile revenue (SEK) – 2005 - 2018
      • Bité
        • Table Bité Lithuania mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Bité Lithuania mobile blended ARPU – 2010 – 2015
        • Table Historic - Bité Lithuania financial data – 2009 - 2015
      • Tele2 Lithuania
        • Table Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO subscribers – 2007 - 2017
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments

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