Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvia again heads fibre coverage rankings

Latvia’s telecom market continues to benefit from investment and from regulatory measures aimed at developing fibre-based infrastructure. There is effective competition in the mobile market, with extensive services based on LTE-A technologies to boost data speeds. Operators such as Bité Latvia and Tele2 Latvia have also begun transitioning their networks to support services and applications based on 5G. Tele2 Latvia in mid-2019 provided a commercial 5G device for its 5G network, with commercial services outside its trial zone expected in early 2020.

In the fixed-line broadband sector, the country is the top ranked in Europe for fibre coverage and take-up, closely followed by Lithuania. With this infrastructure in place, the country has also developed a sophisticated digital economy, with e-commerce and e-government services widely available.

Key Developments:

  • Lattelecom rebrands as 'Tet';
  • Sole MVNO Amigo taken over by LMT;
  • Bité Latvia switches on its NB-IoT network, begins migration path to 5G, doubles network capacity;
  • Tele2 Latvia secures a 50MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum, installs initial 5G base stations;
  • Bité and Tele2 Group launch network sharing joint venture for Latvia and Lithuania;
  • Tet expands VDSL vectoring;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data updates for 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

Tet (Lattelecom), Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité Latvia, Telekom Baltija, ZetCom, Tele2 Latvia, Latvenergo.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Regional European Market Comparison

    • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Fixed-line market regulatory issues
      • Market liberalisation
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
      • Access
      • Carrier selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
      • Number Portability (NP)
    • Mobile market regulatory issues
      • CDMA licence awarded
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 2.3GHz spectrum
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 700MHz spectrum
      • 3G licences
      • 3.5GHz
      • EU roaming tariffs
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Network sharing
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Major mobile operators
      • Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
      • Tele2 Latvia
      • Telekom Baltija/Triatel
      • Bité Latvia
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)
  • Broadband market

    • Market analysis and statistical overview
    • Government support
    • Broadband statistics
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • ADSL2+/VDSL
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed-line broadband services
      • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
      • EV-DO
  • Fixed line

    • Fixed network operators
      • Tet
      • Norby Telecom
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • Telecoms and IT
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-education
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Latvia – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Development of Latvia’s telecom market revenue (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2018
  • Table 4 – Development of fixed number portings – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 5 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – January 2012
  • Table 6 – 700MHz spectrum auction results – 2013
  • Table 7 – Development of mobile number portings – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 9 – Increase in the number of LMT’s M2M connections – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Fall in SMS traffic – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 11– Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 12 – Mobile broadband connections by data rate – 2018
  • Table 13 – Average 3G mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator – 2016; 2018
  • Table 14 – Average 4G mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator – 2016; 2018
  • Table 15 – Change in average overall mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Growth in the number of LMT’s mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Drop in the number and proportion of LMT’s prepaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Development of LMT’s mobile ARPU (€) – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Development of LMT’s financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Growth in LMT’s mobile services revenue – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 21 – Growth in LMT’s mobile services revenue by quarter – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Change in Tele2 Latvia’s financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Decline in the number of Tele2 Latvia’s mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 25 – Fixed broadband connections by data rate – 2018
  • Table 26 – Decline in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2009- 2018
  • Table 28 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2007- 2018
  • Table 29 – Drop in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Development of Lattelecom Group’s financial data (€) – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 32 – Increase in international internet bandwidth – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Increase in internet bandwidth per subscriber – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 34 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 35– Historic - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 36 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 37 – Historic - Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) – 2005 – 2011
  • Table 38 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 39 – Historic - DSL subscribers – 2001- 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 2 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 3 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 4 – Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 7 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 8 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 11 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 12 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 13 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 14 – Development of Latvia’s telecom market revenue (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Development of fixed number portings – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 16 – Development of mobile number portings – 2007 – 2017
  • Chart 17 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 18 – Increase in the number of LMT’s M2M connections – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Fall in SMS traffic – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 21 – Change in average overall mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator – 2015 - 2018
  • Chart 22 – Growth in the number of LMT’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Drop in the number and proportion of LMT’s prepaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Development of LMT’s mobile ARPU (€) – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Development of LMT’s financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Growth in LMT’s mobile services revenue – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 27 – Growth in LMT’s mobile services revenue by quarter – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Change in Tele2 Latvia’s financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Decline in the number of Tele2 Latvia’s mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 31 – Decline in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 32 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 33 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2007- 2018
  • Chart 34 – Drop in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 35 – Development of Lattelecom Group’s financial data (€) – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 36 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 37 – Increase in international internet bandwidth – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 38 – Increase in internet bandwidth per subscriber – 2008 – 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling
  • Exhibit 3 – Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
  • Exhibit 4 – Number portability defined

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Last updated 21 Oct 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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