Latvia’s telecom market has been shaped by the European Union, with the EU’s 2002 regulatory policies and the revised 2009 New Regulatory Framework being adopted as core components of the sector’s regulatory measures. The country is as also a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU and has adopted the euro as its national currency. It became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in June 2016.
Latvia’s broadband market continues to suffer from inadequate progress on local loop unbundling, though the government has stepped up its efforts to build a national fibre broadband network, part-funded by the European Commission (EC).
There is effective competition in the mobile market, with extensive LTE services having been upgraded with LTE-A technologies to boost data speeds. Operators such as Bité Latvia have also begun the process of transitioning their networks to support services and applications based on 5G, while spectrum auctions held at the end of 2017 and in September 2018 will allow the licensees LMT and Tele2 Latvia to provide commercial 5G services from 2019. There has also been greater development of technologies to develop IoT (Internet of Things) applications, initially in Riga, which will exploit 5G capabilities.
Lattelecom, Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité, Telekom Baltija, Zetcom, Tele2, Latvenergo.
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