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Latvia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 997919
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Latvia
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Baltcom TV
  • Bité Latvia
  • Izzi
  • Latvenergo
  • Latvia Mobilais Telefons
  • Tele2 Latvia

Regulator approves spectrum sharing to facilitate 5G deployment.

Latvia's telecom market continues to benefit from investment and from regulatory measures aimed at developing 5G and fibre-based infrastructure. There is effective competition in the mobile market, with extensive services based on LTE-A technologies to boost data speeds. Operators such as Bité Latvia and Tele2 Latvia have also begun transitioning their networks to support services and applications based on 5G, though with the existing capacity of LTE infrastructure a large scale 5G deployment is not expected until 2023. To facilitate this progress, the regulator in March 2021 approved an application from Tele2 Latvia and Bité to share almost half of their spectrum assets.

In the fixed-line broadband sector, the country is ranked second highest in Europe (after Iceland) for fibre coverage and take-up, closely followed by Lithuania. With this infrastructure in place, the country has also developed a sophisticated digital economy, with e-commerce and e-government services widely available.

The publisher notes that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the telecoms market. On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, has offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect has been a reduced (and sometimes negative) subscriber growth, which will continue into 2021.

Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:

  • Tet prepares to launch a 10Gb/s FttP service to areas of Riga;
  • Regulator permits Bité and Tele2 Latvia to share spectrum assets;
  • Rostelecom starts work on cable system running from the Latvian border to Sakhalin in Russia's Far East;
  • Latvia's MNOs undertaking cautious 5G expansion program while LTE infrastructure takes most of the mobile data load;
  • Tele2 Latvia secures a 50MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum, installs initial 5G base stations;

The report update includes the regulator's market data updates for 2020, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2021, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

Tet (Lattelecom), Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bité Latvia, Telekom Baltija, ZetCom, Tele2 Latvia, Latvenergo.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Baltcom TV
  • Bité Latvia
  • Izzi
  • Latvenergo
  • Latvia Mobilais Telefons
  • Tele2 Latvia

1 Key statistics
2 Regional European Market Comparison
2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
3 Country overview
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Subscribers
3.3 Infrastructure
4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Fixed-line developments
5.3 Mobile network developments
6 Mobile market
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Mobile data
6.5 Mobile broadband
6.6 Major mobile operators
6.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)
7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Market analysis and statistical overview
7.2 Government support
7.3 Broadband statistics
7.4 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
7.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
7.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
7.7 Other fixed-line broadband services
8 Digital economy
8.1 E-government
8.2 E-education
9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Tet
9.2 Norby Telecom
10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
10.3 Telecoms and IT
11 Appendix Historic data12 Glossary of abbreviations13 Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Latvia 2021 (e)
Table 2 Development of Latvia's telecom market revenue () 2009 2020
Table 3 Development of telecom market revenue by sector (million ) 2018 2020
Table 4 Development of retail revenue by sector (million ) 2018 2020
Table 5 Change in the number of retail subscribers by sector (thousand) 2018 2020
Table 6 Change in the number of fixed number portings 2013 2018
Table 7 2.6GHz spectrum auction results January 2012
Table 8 700MHz spectrum auction results 2013
Table 9 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2007 2018
Table 10 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 11 Change in mobile voice traffic by type (million minutes) 2018 2020
Table 12 Increase in the number of LMT's M2M connections 2014 2021
Table 13 Fall in SMS traffic 2013 2020
Table 14 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 15 Mobile broadband connections by data rate 2018 2020
Table 16 Change in the average 3G mobile data speed (Mb/s) by operator 2015 2016; 2018
Table 17 Change in the average LTE download speed by MNO (Mb/s) 2015 2019
Table 18 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2018 2020
Table 19 Growth in the number of LMT's mobile subscribers (million) 2011 2021
Table 20 Drop in the number and proportion of LMT's prepaid subscribers 2009 2021
Table 21 Development of LMT's mobile ARPU () 2009 2021
Table 22 Development of LMT's financial data 2011 2021
Table 23 Growth in LMT's mobile services revenue 2009 2021
Table 24 Growth in LMT's mobile services revenue by quarter 2012 2021
Table 25 Change in Tele2 Latvia's financial data (SEK million) 2011 2021
Table 26 Change in the number of Tele2 Latvia's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Table 27 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 28 Fixed broadband connections by data rate 2018 2020
Table 29 Decline in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 30 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers 2011 2020
Table 31 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 32 Drop in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Table 33 Development of Lattelecom Group's financial data ( million) 2011 2020
Table 34 Development of Lattelecom Group's financial data (SEK million) 2017 2021
Table 35 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 36 International internet bandwidth 2013 2018
Table 37 Increase in internet bandwidth per subscriber 2008 2017
Table 38 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2010
Table 39 Historic - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2010
Table 40 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2001 2010
Table 41 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2010
Table 42 Historic - Fixed-line market revenue (LVL million) 2005 2011
Table 43 Historic - DSL subscribers 2001 2010
Table 44 Historic Growth in the number of LMT's mobile subscribers 2006 2010
Table 45 Historic - Development of Lattelecom Group's financial data ( million) 2004 2010
Table 46 Historic Change in Tele2 Latvia's financial data (SEK million) 2008 2010
Table 47 Historic Decline in the number of Tele2 Latvia's mobile subscribers 2008 2010
Table 48 Historic Decline in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2007 2010
Table 49 Historic Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2007 2010
Table 50 Historic Development of LMT's financial data (SEK million) 2008 2010
List of Charts
Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 Development of Latvia's telecom market revenue () 2009 2020
Chart 15 Development of telecom market revenue by sector (million ) 2018 2020
Chart 16 Development of retail revenue by sector (million ) 2018 2020
Chart 17 Change in the number of retail subscribers by sector (thousand) 2018 2020
Chart 18 Change in the number of fixed number portings 2013 2018
Chart 19 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2007 2018
Chart 20 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 21 Change in mobile voice traffic by type (million minutes) 2018 2020
Chart 22 Increase in the number of LMT's M2M connections 2014 2021
Chart 23 Fall in SMS traffic 2013 2020
Chart 24 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 25 Change in the average LTE download speed by MNO (Mb/s) 2015 2019
Chart 26 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2018 2020
Chart 27 Growth in the number of LMT's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Chart 28 Drop in the number and proportion of LMT's prepaid subscribers 2009 2021
Chart 29 Development of LMT's mobile ARPU () 2009 2021
Chart 30 Development of LMT's financial data 2011 2021
Chart 31 Growth in LMT's mobile services revenue 2009 2021
Chart 32 Growth in LMT's mobile services revenue by quarter 2012 2021
Chart 33 Change in Tele2 Latvia's financial data 2011 2021
Chart 34 Change in the number of Tele2 Latvia's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Chart 35 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 36 Decline in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 37 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 38 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 39 Drop in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Chart 40 Development of Lattelecom Group's financial data () 2011 2020
Chart 41 Development of Lattelecom Group's financial data (SEK million) 2017 2021
Chart 42 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Chart 43 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Chart 44 Increase in internet bandwidth per subscriber 2008 2017
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Overview of access, the local loop and unbundling
Exhibit 3 Overview of Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
Exhibit 4 Number portability defined
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  • Tet (Lattelecom)
  • Baltcom TV
  • Izzi
  • Viasat
  • Latvia Mobilais Telefons
  • Bité Latvia
  • Telekom Baltija
  • ZetCom
  • Tele2 Latvia
  • Latvenergo
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