Lithuania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
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 high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for most subscribers the proportion of higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers is increasing. With dwindling new subscriber acquisition opportunities, mobile operators are heavily marketing mobile broadband services, made possible from past investments in 3G and HSPA networks and ongoing upgrades with LTE technology. By mid-2018 services based on LTE networks were available to more than 99% of the population.
As was the case with the mobile voice market, competition is driving down prices for mobile broadband plans, and accelerating customer take-up of mobile broadband services. The merger of the fixed-line operator TEO with Omnitel in February 2017 saw both business units being rebranded as Telia Lithuania.
The auction of spectrum in a range of bands in 2016 has also enabled the MNOs to improve on mobile broadband capacity. In April 2018 the regulator launched a consultation on the use of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz ranges, both of which have been earmarked for 5G services within Europe. In addition, a spectrum refarming exercise in late 2017 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.
Telia Lithuania begins refarming 3G spectrum for LTE use;
Regulator consults on future use of 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz spectrum ranges;
MNOs complete refarming of 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum;
Tele2 launches tri-band carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 350Mb/s;
MNOs' joint venture Mobilieji Mokejimai preps for m-payment service launch;
Telia Company partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Telia Lithuania, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.
Table of Contents
Short Message Service (SMS)
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
Spectrum auction 2013
Spectrum auction 2016
Significant Market Power (SMP)
Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
SIM card registration
Other infrastructure developments
Major mobile operators
Mobile content and applications
List of Tables
Table 1 – Historical - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009
Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
Table 3 – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2016 – 2018
Table 4 – Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
Table 5 – Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers (LTL) – 2006 – 2014
Table 6 – Mobile market revenue (€) – 2012 – 2017
Table 7 – MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2003 – 2017
Table 8 – Proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue – 2012 – 2017