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Latvian regulator auctions 3.4GHz spectrum for 5G use

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 and has adopted the euro as its national currency. It 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).

There is effective competition in the mobile market, with extensive LTE services having been upgraded with LTE-A technologies to boost data speeds. Operators such as Bite Latvia have also begun the process of transitioning their networks to support services and applications based on 5G, while spectrum auctions held at the end of 2017 and in September 2018 will allow the licensees LMT and Tele2 Latvia to provide commercial 5G services from 2019. There has also been greater development of technologies to develop IoT (Internet of Things) applications, initially in Riga, which will exploit 5G capabilities.

Key developments:

Lattelecom to be rebranded as tet';

Bite switches on its NB-IoT network, begins migration path to 5G;

Tele2 Latvia secures a 50MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G use;

Telekom Baltija secures ten-year extension for its spectrum concessions;

Vodafone Group signs deal to provide support and network services to Tele2 Latvia;

Lattelecom expands VDSL vectoring;

Fibre rollouts providing broadband access at up to 600Mb/s;

Report update includes the regulator's market data updates, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


Table Of Content


1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

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 Market analysis and statistical overview

8.2 Government support

8.3 Broadband statistics

8.4 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

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

11. Digital media

11.1 Videostreaming

12. Mobile market

12.1 Market analysis

12.2 Mobile statistics

12.3 Mobile infrastructure

12.3.1 5G

12.3.2 4G (LTE)

12.3.3 3G

12.3.4 Other infrastructure developments

12.4 Mobile data

12.4.1 SMS and MMS

12.5 Mobile broadband

12.6 Regulatory issues

12.6.1 CDMA licence awarded

12.6.2 900MHz spectrum

12.6.3 2.3GHz spectrum

12.6.4 2.6GHz spectrum

12.6.5 700MHz spectrum

12.6.6 Third Generation (3G) licences

12.6.7 3.4GHz

12.6.8 EU roaming tariffs

12.6.9 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

12.6.10 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

12.7 Major mobile operators

12.7.1 Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)

12.7.2 Tele2 Latvia

12.7.3 Telekom Baltija/Triatel

12.7.4 Bite Latvia

12.7.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

13. Related reports

Exhibit 1 Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling

Exhibit 2 Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection

Exhibit 3 Number portability defined

Exhibit 4 The Economist Intelligence Unit annual e-readiness criteria

List Of Figure

Chart 1 Lattelecom Group financial data 2004-2018

Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005-2018

Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2002-2018

Chart 4 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2001 2018

Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005-2018

Chart 6 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002-2018

Chart 7 LMT mobile ARPU () 2012 2018

Chart 8 LMT mobile financial data 2008-2018

Chart 9 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008-2018

List Of Table

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Latvia 2018 (e)

Table 2 Historic-Fixed-line market revenue (LVL) 2005-2011

Table 3 Telecom market revenue () 2013-2018

Table 4 Telecom market revenue (USD ) 2006-2015

Table 5 Fixed numbers ported 2013-2016

Table 6 Lattelecom Group financial data () 2004-2018

Table 7 Lattelecom Group revenue by service () 2013-2017

Table 8 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999-2009

Table 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2018

Table 10 International bandwidth 2008-2016

Table 11 Internet bandwidth per subscriber 2008-2015

Table 12 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 1999-2009

Table 13 Internet users and penetration rate 2010-2018

Table 14 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2001-2018

Table 15 Historic-Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers 2002-2012

Table 16 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 17 Cable broadband subscribers 2007-2018

Table 18 DSL subscribers 2001- 2018

Table 19 Fibre broadband subscribers 2007- 2018

Table 20 Fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2013-2018

Table 21 Historic-Lattelecom IPTV subscribers 2007-2012

Table 22 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration 1999-2009

Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010-2018

Table 24 LMT prepaid subscribers 2002-2018

Table 25 LMT M2M connections 2014-2018

Table 26 SMS traffic 2013-2018

Table 27 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2005-2018

Table 28 Average mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator and platform 2016

Table 29 2.6GHz spectrum auction results January 2012

Table 30 700MHz spectrum auction results 2013

Table 31 European roaming charges 2007 2016

Table 32 European roaming charges 2014-2017

Table 33 Annual mobile numbers ported 2007-2016

Table 34 LMT mobile subscribers 2006-2018

Table 35 Historic-LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) 2006-2012

Table 36 LMT mobile ARPU () 2012-2018

Table 37 LMT financial data 2008-2018

Table 38 LMT mobile services revenue 2013-2018

Table 39 LMT mobile services revenue by quarter 2012-2018

Table 40 Tele2 mobile financial data 2008-2018

Table 41 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2008-2018

Table 42 Bite financial data 2012-2015

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