Virus impact over each market - telecom operators, government agencies and regulators' responses - revised forecasts for the next 5 years.
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.
In line with the country’s Digital Agenda, the focus among telcos has been to invest in fibre, with an emphasis on delivering gigabyte data speeds.
SIM card penetration is relatively high for the region and most subscribers are higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers. 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 mid to late 2021. The regulator has consulted on the release of spectrum for 5G in a range of bands, and the auction is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
According to regulator data, the total revenue of the electronic communications sector in the third quarter of 2020 was the highest it has been since the fourth quarter of 2010. Revenue growth in the mobile sector was driven mainly mobile internet services.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in demand for high-speed internet access services, as citizens used the internet for education, work, entertainment and shopping. Revenues for fixed internet services grew by 1.8% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Most of the revenue (76%) was generated from access services via fibre lines.
The use of mobile internet also grew steadily during 2020. The number of active SIM cards used to access internet services increased 5.9% in the third quarter of 2020, year-on-year. Revenue received for mobile internet services increased 14% in quarter, year-on-year.
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.
Telia Lietuvos (Telia Lithuania), Bité Lithuania, Vinita, Balticum TV, Tele 2, Cgates.
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