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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • September 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 44 pages

Tele2 Latvia to provide LTE-A nationally by end-2016
Latvia's telecom market has been shaped by the European Union, with the EU's 2002 regulatory policies and the revised 2009 New Regulatory Framework being adopted as core components of the sector's regulatory measures. The country is as also a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU. At the beginning of 2014 Latvia became the 18th country to adopt the euro as its national currency, and by the end of the year the incumbent telco, Lattelecom, transitioned to the euro for all of its businesses in both Latvia and Lithuania. The former currency, the Lat, had joined the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) in May 2005. Latvia became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD in June 2016.

Latvia's broadband market continues to suffer from inadequate progress on local loop unbundling, though the government has stepped up its efforts to build a national fibre broadband network, part-funded by the European Commission (EC).

Four mobile network operators compete in the market. LTE services have been launched commercially, while operators including Tele2 have expanded their LTE-A services into 2016. The recent auction of 2.6GHz spectrum has enabled operators to improve the capabilities of their LTE services. A significant auction of digital dividend spectrum held at the end of 2013 saw three operators secure licenses to 2030.

Key developments:

Government rejects TeliaSonera's proposal to merge LMT with Lattelecom; regulator reports on mobile broadband quality of service into 2016; Mid Europa sells Bité Group to Providence Equity Partners; MNOs expand LTE-A deployments; Lattelecom launches VDSL vectoring program; fixed-line call termination rates reduced by 89%; fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s; EC funding for fibre networks supporting the government' program to build a national network; report update includes the regulator's market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Latvia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 19%
Fixed broadband | 25.8%
Mobile SIM (population) | 127%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Lattelecom, Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité, Telekom Baltija, Zetcom, Tele2, Latvenergo.

Table Of Contents

Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
5.2 Revised NFR
5.3 Market liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Carrier selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Lattelecom
6.2 Norby Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 Telecoms and IT
8. Broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Government support
8.4 Broadband statistics
8.5 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
8.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
9. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
9.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
9.1.1 ADSL2+
9.1.2 VDSL
9.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
9.3 Other fixed-line broadband services
9.3.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
9.3.2 EV-DO
10. Digital economy
10.1 E-government
10.2 E-education
10.3 E-health
11. Digital media
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Key digital media players
11.2.1 Baltcom
11.2.2 Izzi
11.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV
11.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
11.5 Videostreaming
12. Mobile market
12.1 Market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.3 Mobile data
12.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
12.4 Mobile broadband
12.5 Regulatory issues
12.5.1 CDMA licence awarded
12.5.2 900MHz spectrum
12.5.3 2.3GHz spectrum
12.5.4 2.6GHz spectrum
12.5.5 700MHz spectrum
12.5.6 Third Generation (3G) licences
12.5.7 EU roaming tariffs
12.5.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
12.5.9 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
12.6 Mobile infrastructure
12.6.1 Digital networks
12.7 Other infrastructure developments
12.7.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
12.7.2 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
12.8 Major mobile operators
12.8.1 Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
12.8.2 Tele2 Latvia
12.8.3 Telekom Baltija/Triatel
12.8.4 Bite
12.8.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
12.8.6 Mobile TV
12.9 Mobile content and applications
12.9.1 QR code readers
13. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Latvia 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) 2005 - 2011
Table 8 Telecom market revenue (fixed, mobile, $) 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Lattelecom Group financial data () 2004 - 2015
Table 10 Lattelecom Group revenue by service () 2013 - 2015
Table 11 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 13 International bandwidth 2008 - 2015
Table 14 Internet bandwidth per subscriber 2008 - 2015
Table 15 Proportion of connections by broadband data speed/operator 2013
Table 16 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 17 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 18 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2001 - 2017
Table 19 Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers 2002 - 2012
Table 20 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 21 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 22 DSL subscribers 2001- 2017
Table 23 Fibre broadband subscribers 2007- 2017
Table 24 Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2014
Table 25 Lattelecom IPTV subscribers 2007 - 2012
Table 26 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2009
Table 27 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 28 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002 - 2016
Table 29 SMS traffic 2013 - 2016
Table 30 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 31 2.6GHz spectrum auction results January 2012
Table 32 700MHz spectrum auction results 2013
Table 35 Cumulative mobile numbers ported 2007 - 2014
Table 36 LMT mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 37 Historic - LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) 2006 - 2012
Table 38 LMT mobile ARPU () 2012 - 2016
Table 39 LMT financial data 2008 - 2016
Table 40 LMT mobile services revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 41 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2016
Table 42 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 43 Bite financial data 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Lattelecom Group financial data 2004 - 2015
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2003 - 2017
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2002 - 2017
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2017
Chart 5 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002 - 2016
Chart 6 LMT mobile financial data 2008 - 2016
Chart 7 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008 - 2016
Exhibit 1 EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling
Exhibit 3 Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
Exhibit 4 Number portability defined
Exhibit 5 The Economist Intelligence Unit annual e-readiness criteria

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