This report provides an overview of Lithuania’s fixed-line communications sector, including a variety of statistics from the regulator and the main players, as well as an overview of regulatory developments, and telecommunications network infrastructure. It also covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including forecasts to 2020, as well as an overview of the digital TV sector. The mobile market is assessed, providing financial and operational data for the key market players and evaluating their strategies in the light of recent spectrum auctions and investments in technologies and infrastructure.
Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- December 2014 (13th Edition)
Lithuania’s small telecoms market is among the more developed in Eastern Europe, with particularly vibrant fibre broadband and mobile sectors. A number of alternative operators offer services although the incumbent TEO, majority-owned by the regional powerhouse TeliaSonera, is still the dominant operator. The fixed-line telephony subscriber base continues to be in steady decline, though partly propped up by the migration of customers from the legacy PSTN network to VoIP.
The mature mobile market is served by TeliaSonera’s Omnitel, as well as Bité and Tele2 and a number of MVNOs. SIM card penetration is high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for the majority of subscribers the proportion postpaid services is increasing. With dwindling new subscriber acquisition opportunities, operators are heavily marketing mobile broadband services, made possible from past investments in 3G and HSPA networks and current upgrades with LTE technology.
The broadband market is also well advanced, with a strong focus on fibre networks supported by effective regulatory measures to ensure competitor access to the incumbent operator’s networks. Fibre is by far the most popular fixed-broadband access platform, a testament to the country’s investment in telecom infrastructure in recent years. As a result of this progress, ISPs have shifted their focus to internet-based convergence services and bundled offers. 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 IPTV and digital terrestrial TV.
Omnitel trials LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology; Bité to invest LTL45 million on network expansion, providing 90% 3G geographic coverage by the end of 2014; Omnitel offering voice and data LTE services for smartphone users; spectrum auctioned in the 2.6GHz band and 800MHz bands; Bité, Omnitel, Tele2 and TEO create JV to administer number portability database; regulator removes obligations on TEO relating to fixed access market; Skynet planning to cover 8,500 apartments in Vilnius with FttP by end-2015; government develops RAIN project extending fibre backbone to rural areas; TEO fibre networks reach 70% of the population, with 42% of all its broadband subscribers being on fibre; regulator’s market data to June 2014; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.
Companies and subsidiaries mentioned in this report include:
Omnitel, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania, TEO, CSC Telecom, Telekomunikaciju grupa, Cubio, Eurocom SIP, Nacionalinis telekomunikacij tinklas, Norby Telecom, Vinita, Balticum TV.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year
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