Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Lithuania’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband 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;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • 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:- July 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Lithuania’s fibre infrastructure showing continued strength

Lithuania’s small telecoms market is among the more advanced in Europe, particularly given the universal access to LTE infrastructure and the extensive fibre footprint. A number of alternative operators offer services although the incumbent Telia Lithuania remains the dominant player in the fixed-line and broadband sectors.

The focus among telcos has been to invest in fibre, with an emphasis on delivering gigabyte data speeds. This strategy has been much encouraged by the government.

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 investments in LTE technologies. 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.

This report provides an overview of Lithuania’s fixed-line telecom sector. It includes a variety of statistics from the regulator and the main players, as well as an overview of regulatory developments and telecom infrastructure. In addition, the report reviews the highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, and services. The report also offers a wide range of statistical data on the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including subscriber forecasts.

 

Key developments:

  • Tele2 and Bité sign a network sharing joint venture agreement;
  • Regulator plans to auction 700MHz spectrum by 2022, consults on future use of 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz spectrum ranges;
  • Telia Company partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services;
  • Cgates expands through additional acquisitions;
  • Lithuanian FttP penetration ranked third highest in Europe;
  • Telia's fibre networks reach three-quarters of the population;
  • Tele2 and Bité sign a network sharing joint venture agreement;
  • 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 Lietuvos (Telia Lithuania), Bité Lithuania, Vinita, Balticum TV, Tele 2, Cgates.

Henry Lancaster
July 2019

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Telia Lietuvos
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Telia Lietuvos
      • Alternative operators
    • International infrastructure
    • Wholesaling
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Infrastructure sharing
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Digital economy

    • Infrastructure
    • E-health
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • 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
    • Major mobile operators
      • Telia Lithuania
      • Bité
      • Tele2 Lithuania
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile content and applications
      • M-payments
  • Appendix – Historic data


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Lithuania – 2018
  • Table 2 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Dark fibre revenue – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed broadband subscriber net additions per year – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Internet ARPU – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Wi-Fi hotspots – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 7 – WiMAX base stations in service – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Population coverage by mobile platform – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Mobile ARPU – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Total SMS messages sent – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 12 – M2M connections – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Telia Lithuania MOU and churn – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Tele2 Lithuania mobile revenue – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Evolution of telecom revenue and annual change – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Evolution of telecom revenue by service – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in telecom investment – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Change in ARPU per service – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Development of telecom revenue market share by operator – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Development of telecom revenue market share major sector – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Steady growth in interconnection revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Decline in wholesale access lines by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Decline in the number of fixed wholesale lines – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Change in the number of fixed numbers ported – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Increase in altnet market share of fixed-lines and revenue – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Decline in the number of fixed-lines by operator – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Decline in fixed-telephony revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Development of Telia Lithuania’s financial data (€) – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Change in Telia Lithuania’s fixed-line revenue by service (€) – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in Telia Lithuania’s fixed-line revenue by service (SEK) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Change in Telia Lithuania’s investments – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Change in Telia’s fixed-line subscribers by service – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Steady drop in the number of fixed lines and teledensity – 2010 – 2023
  • Chart 21 – Change in the number of dark fibre lines – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – Change in fixed broadband connections by platform – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Change in proportion of fixed broadband connections by platform – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – Sharp growth in retail internet services market revenue – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 25 – Change in fixed internet market revenue share by platform – 2016 – 2018
  • Chart 26 – Evolution of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2023
  • Chart 27 – Evolution of broadband data rates as proportion of connections – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 28 – Steady growth in super-fast broadband connections – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 29 – Change in cable broadband market share by operator – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 30 – Telia Lithuania fixed broadband subscribers, total and DSL – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Decline in the number of wholesale DSL lines – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 32 – Annual growth Telia Lithuania’s fibre subscriptions – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Change in the number of FttP/FttB subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 34 – Growing Telia Lithuania share in fibre market – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 35 – Evolution in Wi-Fi and WiMAX subscriptions – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 36 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2015 – 2023
  • Chart 38 – Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 39 – Change in MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 40 – Change in proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total sector revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 41 – Change in market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 42 – Change in market share of revenue by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 43 – Shift in number of base stations to LTE – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 44 – Shift in ratio of mobile subscribers from prepaid to postpaid – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 45 – Shrinking number of prepaid subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 46 – Steading increase in mobile voice traffic – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 47 – Strong growth in mobile data volume (quarterly comparison) – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 48 – Change in mobile data subscriber market share per operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 49 – Change in SMS revenue and share of mobile market – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 50 – Steady growth in MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 51 – Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 52 – Growth in active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2023
  • Chart 53 – Change in cumulative and annual mobile number portings – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 54 – Change in mobile interconnection revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 55 – Decline in revenue from roaming services – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 56 – Strong growth in LTE base stations in service – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 57 – LTE subscriber growth – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 58 – Change in Telia Lithuania’s prepaid mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 59 – Steady growth in Telia Lithuania’s mobile ARPU – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 60 – Renewed growth in Telia Lithuania’s mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 61 – Decline in Bité Lithuania’s mobile subscriber base – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 62 – Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania revenue – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 63 – Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 64 – Development of the number of MVNO subscribers – 2007 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
  • Exhibit 2 – 2G spectrum award
  • Exhibit 3 – 4G spectrum awarded – 800MHz band

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