Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Latvian regulator auctions 3.4GHz spectrum for 5G use

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.

Key Developments:

  • Lattelecom to be rebranded as 'tet';
  • Bité switches on its NB-IoT network, begins migration path to 5G;
  • Tele2 Latvia secures a 50MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G use;
  • Telekom Baltija secures ten-year extension for its spectrum concessions;
  • Vodafone Group signs deal to provide support and network services to Tele2 Latvia;
  • Lattelecom expands VDSL vectoring;
  • Fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data updates, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

Lattelecom, Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité, Telekom Baltija, Zetcom, Tele2, Latvenergo.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Revised NFR
    • Market liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Lattelecom
    • Norby Telecom
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • Telecoms and IT
  • Broadband market

    • Market analysis and statistical overview
    • Government support
    • Broadband statistics
    • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 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
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-education
  • Digital media

    • Videostreaming
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • CDMA licence awarded
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 2.3GHz spectrum
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 700MHz spectrum
      • Third Generation (3G) licences
      • 3.4GHz
      • EU roaming tariffs
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Major mobile operators
      • Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
      • Tele2 Latvia
      • Telekom Baltija/Triatel
      • Bité Latvia
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Latvia – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Historic - Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) – 2005 – 2011
  • Table 3 – Telecom market revenue (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Telecom market revenue ($) – 2006 – 2015
  • Table 5 – Fixed numbers ported – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 6 – Lattelecom Group financial data (€) – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Lattelecom Group revenue by service (€) – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 10 – International bandwidth – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 11 – Internet bandwidth per subscriber – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 12 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 13 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Historic - Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2002 – 2012
  • Table 16 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 17 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 18 – DSL subscribers – 2001- 2018
  • Table 19 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2007- 2018
  • Table 20 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Historic - Lattelecom IPTV subscribers – 2007 – 2012
  • Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 24 – LMT prepaid subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 25 – LMT M2M connections – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 26 – SMS traffic – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 27– Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Average mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator and platform – 2016
  • Table 29 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – January 2012
  • Table 30 – 700MHz spectrum auction results – 2013
  • Table 31 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 32 – European roaming charges – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 34 – LMT mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Historic - LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) – 2006 – 2012
  • Table 36 – LMT mobile ARPU (€) – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 37 – LMT financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 38 – LMT mobile services revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 39 – LMT mobile services revenue by quarter – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 42 – Bité financial data – 2012 – 2015

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Lattelecom Group financial data – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – LMT prepaid subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – LMT mobile ARPU (€) – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – LMT mobile financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling
  • Exhibit 2 – Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
  • Exhibit 3 – Number portability defined
  • Exhibit 4 – The Economist Intelligence Unit annual e-readiness criteria

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Number of pages 81

Status Current

Last updated 15 Oct 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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