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Latvia - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

July 2015 | | ID: L3A0485C8150EN
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Executive summary

Latvia’s MNOs expand LTE-A availabilityLatvia’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 the centre piece 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 is also a candidate country to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD.

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, recently securing funding from the EC.

Four GSM/CDMA/WCDMA mobile network operators vie for customers in a competitive market. LTE services have been launched commercially, while the recent auction of 2.6GHz spectrum has enabled this band’s use for LTE. A significant auction of digital dividend spectrum held at the end of 2013 saw three operators secure licenses to 2030.

Key developments:
  • 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 Q1 2015, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Latvia’s telecoms sector – 2015 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 24%
Fixed broadband 28%
Mobile SIM (population) 124%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Lattelecom, Baltcom TV, Izzi, Viasat, Latvia Mobilais Telefons, Bit?, Telekom Baltija, Zetcom, Tele2, Latvenergo.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2. KEY STATISTICS

3. COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4. TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market analysis – latest developments

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
  8.1.1 Market analysis
  8.1.2 Government support
  8.1.3 Broadband statistics

9. FORECASTS

9.1 Notes on scenario forecasts

10. HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS

10.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
  10.1.1 ADSL2+
  10.1.2 VDSL
10.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
10.3 Other fixed-line broadband services
  10.3.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
  10.3.2 EV-DO

11. DIGITAL ECONOMY

11.1 E-government
11.2 E-education
11.3 E-health

12. DIGITAL MEDIA

12.1 Introduction
12.2 Key digital media players
  12.2.1 Baltcom
  12.2.2 Izzi
12.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV
12.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
12.5 Videostreaming

13. MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

13.1 Market analysis – latest developments
  13.1.1 Mobile statistics
  13.1.2 Mobile voice
  13.1.3 Mobile data
  13.1.4 Mobile broadband statistics
13.2 Regulatory issues
  13.2.1 CDMA licence awarded
  13.2.2 900MHz spectrum
  13.2.3 2.3GHz spectrum
  13.2.4 2.6GHz spectrum
  13.2.5 700MHz spectrum
  13.2.6 Third Generation (3G) licences
  13.2.7 EU roaming tariffs
  13.2.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
  13.2.9 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
13.3 Mobile infrastructure
  13.3.1 Digital networks
13.4 Other infrastructure developments
  13.4.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
  13.4.2 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
13.5 Major mobile operators
  13.5.1 Latvia Mobilais Telefons (LMT)
  13.5.2 Tele2 Latvia
  13.5.3 Telekom Baltija/Triatel
  13.5.4 Bit?
  13.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  13.5.6 Mobile TV
13.6 Mobile content and applications
  13.6.1 QR code readers

14. RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF EXHIBITS

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
LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 – Country statistics Latvia – 2015 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2015 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2015 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2015 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2015 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecom market revenue – 2005 - 2014
Table 8 – Lattelecom Group financial data – 2004 - 2014
Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2004
Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2015
Table 11 – International bandwidth – 2008 - 2014
Table 12 – Proportion of connections by broadband data speed/operator – 2013
Table 13 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2004
Table 14 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
Table 15 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2015
Table 16 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2009 - 2013
Table 17 – Lattelecom fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2012
Table 18 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2010 – 2012; 2015; 2020
Table 19 – DSL subscribers – 2001- 2015
Table 20 – Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2014
Table 21 – Lattelecom IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2004
Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2015
Table 24 – LMT prepaid subscribers – 2002 - 2014
Table 25 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2014
Table 26 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – January 2012
Table 27 – 700MHz spectrum auction results – 2013
Table 28 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2014
Table 29 – European SMS roaming charges (€ cents) – 2012 - 2014
Table 30 – European data roaming charges (€ cents) – 2012 - 2014
Table 31 – Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2007 - 2011
Table 32 – LMT mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2015
Table 33 – Historic - LMT mobile ARPU (LVL) – 2006 - 2012
Table 34 – LMT mobile ARPU (€) – 2012 - 2015
Table 35 – LMT financial data – 2008 - 2015
Table 36 – LMT mobile services revenue – 2013 - 2015
Table 37 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2015
Table 38 – Tele2 subscribers – 2008 - 2015
Table 39 – Bit? financial data – 2012 - 2015
Table 40 – Bit? subscribers – 2013

LIST OF CHARTS

Chart 1 – Lattelecom Group financial data – 2004 - 2014
Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2003 - 2015
Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2015
Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2015
Chart 5 – LMT prepaid subscribers – 2002 - 2014
Chart 6 – LMT mobile financial data – 2008 - 2015
Chart 7 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2015



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