Lithuania - Telecoms Mobile Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Lithuania’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- May 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Lithuania’s incumbent telco becomes Telia Lithuania

Lithuania’s small telecoms market is among the more developed in Europe. A number of alternative operators offer services although the incumbent Telia Lithuania is still the dominant operator in the fixed-line and broadband sectors. The number of fixed-line voice subscribers is in steady decline, attributed to fixed-to-mobile substitution.

The country has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe, while its focus on fibre networks has provided it with one of the most mature fibre markets in the region. Indeed Lithuania has the third highest fibre-broadband penetration in Europe, behind only Sweden and Latvia. Widespread internet usage has also resulted in a fast-emerging internet society, with a range of ICT services improving social and economic development, and with various e-commerce, e-government, e-education and e-health services increasingly available and used.

The mobile market is served by Telia Lithuania, Bité and Tele2, as well as 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 the majority of subscribers the proportion of higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers is increasing. By early 2017 services based on LTE networks were available to more than 97% of the population.

This report provides an overview of Lithuania’s fixed-line communications sector. It includes a variety of statistics from the regulator and the main players, as well as an overview of regulatory developments and telecommunications network infrastructure. The report also reviews the highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies and services. In addition the report assesses the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including forecasts to 2022.

Key developments:

  • TEO merges with Omnitel, rebrands as Telia Lietuvos;
  • Bité, Omnitel, Tele2 and Telia create JV to administer number portability database;
  • Cgates expands through additional acquisitions;
  • Lithuanian FttP penetration ranked third highest in Europe;
  • Telecentras increases LTE bases stations to 600 at end-2016;
  • Tele2 launches tri-band carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 350Mb/s;
  • Telia partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services by 2018;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, operators’ data updates to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Lietuvos (TEO), CSC Telecom, Telekomunikaciju grupa, Cubio, Eurocom SIP, Nacionalinis telekomunikacij tinklas, Norby Telecom, Vinita, Balticum TV, Cgates, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 EU regulatory framework
    • 3.3 Revised NFR
    • 3.4 Regulatory authority
    • 3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 3.6 Privatisation
    • 3.7 Interconnect
    • 3.8 Access
    • 3.9 Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 3.10 Number Portability (NP)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Telia Lietuvos (formerly TEO)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 5.1.1 Telia Lietuvos
      • 5.1.2 Alternative operators
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
    • 5.3 Wholesaling
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 6.4.1 Infrastructure sharing
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Bundled services
    • 7.3 Videostreaming
    • 7.4 Cable TV (CATV)
    • 7.5 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
    • 7.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 Overview
    • 8.2 E-government
    • 8.3 Infrastructure
    • 8.4 E-health
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 GSM licences
      • 9.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.3 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 9.3.4 Spectrum auction 2013
      • 9.3.5 Spectrum auction 2016
      • 9.3.6 Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • 9.3.7 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 9.3.8 Roaming
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Telia
      • 9.5.2 Bité
      • 9.5.3 Tele2 Lithuania
      • 9.5.4 MVNOs
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 Portals
      • 9.6.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
      • 9.6.3 Mobile TV
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Lithuania – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2016
      • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 5 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2016
      • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016
      • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 8 – Telecom revenue (€) and annual change – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 9 – Telecom revenue by service (€) – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Telecom investment annual growth (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 11 – Telecom investment (€) – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 12 – ARPU per service (€) – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Telecom revenue market share by operator – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 14 – Telecom revenue market share by major sector – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 15 – Traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 16 – Interconnection revenue – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Wholesale access lines by type – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 18 – CS and CPS lines – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 19 – Cumulative fixed numbers ported – 2004 – 2016
      • Table 20 – Market share of fixed-lines and revenue, alternative operators – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 21 – Fixed-lines by operator – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 22 – Fixed-telephony revenue – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 23 – Telia revenue (LTL) – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 24 – Telia financial data (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 25 – Telia financial data (€) – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Telia revenue by service (€) – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Telia fixed-line revenue by service (SEK) – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 28 – Telia investments – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Telia revenue by sector (LTL) – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 30 – Telia fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 31 – Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 32 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 33 – Telia – fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 35 – Dark fibre lines – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 36 – Dark fibre revenue – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 37 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rates – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 38 – Internet users and penetration rates – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 39 – Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections by access type – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 40 – ISP market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 41 – Retail internet services market revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 42 – Internet market revenue share by platform – 2015 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Internet access market share by access type – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 44 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 45 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 46 – Fixed broadband subscriber net additions per year – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 47 – Internet ARPU – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 48 – Broadband data rates as proportion of subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 49 – Super-fast broadband connections by type – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 50 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 51 – Cable broadband share by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 52 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 53 – Telia fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 54 – DSL subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table 55 – Wholesale DSL lines – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 56 – FttP/FttB subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 57 – Telia FttX subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 58 – Telia investment in FttX infrastructure – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 59 – FttX market share by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 60 – Telia Wi-Fi subscribers – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 61 – Wi-Fi subscribers – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 62 – Wi-Fi hotspots – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 63 – WiMAX subscribers – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 64 – WiMAX base stations in service – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 65 – Broadcasting revenue by platform (€) – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 66 – TV and radio revenue (€) – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 67 – Pay TV providers by platform – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 68 – Pay TV subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 69 – Pay TV market share of subscribers by platform – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 70 – Digital TV subscribers by access method – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 71 – Digital TV market share by access method – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 72 – Subscribers to bundled services, by offer – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 73 – Subscribers to double and triple play services – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 74 – IPTV subscribers – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 75 – Telia IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 76 – Historic - Cable TV and MMDS subscribers – 1997 - 2009
      • Table 77 – Cable TV and MMDS subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 78 – DTTV revenue – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 79 – DTTV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 80 – Telia DTTV subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 81 – Historical - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 82 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 83 – Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2016
      • Table 84 – Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 85 – Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers (€) – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 86 – MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 87 – Proportion of mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 88 – 3G/4G subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 89 – Number of 3G/4G subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 90 – Market share of revenue by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 91 – Market share per operator by subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 92 – Base stations in use – 2006 – 2016
      • Table 93 – Mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 94 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 95 – Prepaid subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 96 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 97 – Mobile data sent on mobile networks (quarterly comparison) – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 98 – Mobile data subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 99 – Average mobile data speed by operator – 2013 - 2014
      • Table 100 – Total SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 101 – SMS revenue and share of mobile market – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 102 – Total MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 103 – Mobile broadband share of subscribers by operators – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 104 – Mobile broadband subscribers, penetration – 2006 - 2018
      • Table 105 – Cumulative mobile number portings – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 106 – Mobile interconnection revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 107 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 108 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 109 – Revenue from roaming services – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 110 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2015 - 2016
      • Table 111 – LTE base stations in service – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 112 – LTE subscribers – 2015 - 2016
      • Table 113 – HSPA subscribers (historic) – 2007 - 2012
      • Table 114 – Telia mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 115 – Telia annualised ARPU (LTL) – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 116 – Telia ARPU (€) – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 117 – Telia MOU and churn – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 118 – Telia mobile revenue (SEK) – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 119 – Telia mobile revenue (€) – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 120 – Bité Lithuania mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 121 – Bité Lithuania mobile blended ARPU – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 122 – Bité Lithuania financial data – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 123 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 124 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 125 – MVNO subscribers – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 126 – M2M connections – 2012 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by service (€) – 2004 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Telecom revenue market share by major sector – 2011 – 2016
      • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 4 – Internet access market share by access type – 2006 - 2016
      • Chart 5 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 6 – Broadband data rates as proportion of subscribers – 2009 – 2016
      • Chart 7 – Telia fixed broadband subscribers, total and DSL – 2005 - 2016
      • Chart 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 9 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2016
      • Chart 10 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 - 2018
      • Chart 11 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
      • Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
      • Exhibit 3 – The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual E-readiness criteria
      • Exhibit 4 – 2G spectrum award
      • Exhibit 5 – 4G spectrum awarded – 800MHz band

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