Lithuania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Lithuania’s mobile market is served by Telia Lithuania, Bité and Tele2 and by a small number of MVNOs. In addition, the state-owned broadcaster Telecentras has become the fourth mobile operator, with an extensive infrastructure using spectrum formerly assigned to its WiMAX offering and since being migrated to an LTE-A platform.

SIM card penetration is relatively high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for most subscribers the proportion of higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers is increasing. Network operators continue to market mobile broadband services, made possible from investment in LTE technologys. LTE services are available nationally, and although there have been some initial trials of 5G commercial services are not expected to be launched until late 2021. The regulator has consulted on the release of spectrum for 5G in a range of bands, though 700MHz spectrum will not be available until the second half of 2022.

A spectrum refarming exercise 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 the Lithuania’s highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, and services on offer.

Key developments:

  • Tele2 and Bité sign a network sharing joint venture agreement;
  • Regulator plans to auction 700MHz spectrum by 2022;
  • Regulator consults on future use of 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz spectrum ranges;
  • Telia Company partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Lithuania, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • GSM licences
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 700MHz
    • 2.6GHz spectrum
    • 3.4GHz
    • Spectrum auction 2013
    • Spectrum auction 2016
    • Significant Market Power (SMP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Roaming
    • SIM card registration
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Telia Lithuania
    • Bité
    • Tele2 Lithuania
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications

    • M-payments
  • Appendix – Historical data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Population coverage by mobile platform – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Mobile ARPU – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Total SMS messages sent – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 5 – M2M connections – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Telia Lithuania MOU and churn – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Tele2 Lithuania mobile revenue – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2015 – 2023
  • Chart 3 – Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Change in MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Change in proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total sector revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Change in market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 7 – Change in market share of revenue by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Shift in number of base stations to LTE – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Shift in ratio of mobile subscribers from prepaid to postpaid – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Shrinking number of prepaid subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Steading increase in mobile voice traffic – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Strong growth in mobile data volume (quarterly comparison) – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Change in mobile data subscriber market share per operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Change in SMS revenue and share of mobile market – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Steady growth in MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 17 – Growth in active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2023
  • Chart 18 – Change in cumulative and annual mobile number portings – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 19 – Change in mobile interconnection revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Decline in revenue from roaming services – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – Strong growth in LTE base stations in service – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – LTE subscriber growth – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Change in Telia Lithuania’s prepaid mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Steady growth in Telia Lithuania’s mobile ARPU – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Renewed growth in Telia Lithuania’s mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Decline in Bité Lithuania’s mobile subscriber base – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 27 – Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania revenue – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Development of the number of MVNO subscribers – 2007 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum award
  • Exhibit 2 – 4G spectrum awarded – 800MHz band

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