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Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Lithuania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: January 20, 2021 Content info: 189 Pages
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Bité acquisition of Mezon approved, with conditions

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.

Key developments:

  • Government approves draft plan for the development of 5G services across the country;
  • Regulator announces preliminary dates for 5G auctions;
  • Competition Council gives conditional approval for Bité's acquisition of Mezon;
  • Telia launches trial 5G mobile network, secures temporary frequency authorisation;
  • Regulator cuts MTRs by 19%;
  • Tele2 introduces eSims;
  • Bite proposes timeframe for phasing out 3G and GSM services;
  • Telia picks Ericsson as its future partner for its RAN, excludes Huawei;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2020, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2020, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Lietuvos (Telia Lithuania), Bité Lithuania, Vinita, Balticum TV, Tele 2, Cgates.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview

Regulatory environment

  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Mobile network developments
    • GSM licences
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 700MHz
    • 2.6GHz spectrum
    • 3.4GHz
    • Spectrum auction 2013
    • Spectrum auction 2016
    • Spectrum auction for 5G
    • Significant Market Power (SMP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Roaming
    • SIM card registration

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
  • Major mobile operators
    • Telia Lithuania
    • Bité
    • Tele2 Lithuania
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-payments

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Infrastructure sharing
  • Other fixed broadband services
    • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)

Digital economy

  • E-government
  • E-health

Fixed network operators

  • Telia Lietuvos

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Telia Lietuvos
    • Alternative operators
  • International infrastructure
  • Wholesaling

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Lithuania - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Evolution of telecom revenue and annual change - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 3 - Evolution of telecom revenue by service (€ million) - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 4 - Change in telecom investment - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Change in ARPU per service - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 6 - Development of telecom revenue market share by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Development of telecom revenue market share by sector - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 8 - Change in traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Interconnection revenue shows steady decline - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Decline in wholesale access lines by type - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 11 - Evolution of fixed wholesale lines - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Change in the number of fixed numbers ported - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Change in cumulative and annual mobile number portings - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Change in mobile interconnection revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Decline in revenue from roaming services - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 16 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 17 - Change in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration - 2015 - 2025
  • Table 18 - Proportion of mobile market revenue by service - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Change in MVNO share of subscribers and revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 20 - Change in proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total sector revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Change in market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 22 - Change in market share of revenue by operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Population coverage by mobile platform - 2009 - 2018
  • Table 24 - Shift in the number of base stations to LTE - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Development of mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 26 - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 27 - Shrinking number of prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 28 - Steady increase in mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 29 - Strong growth in mobile data volume - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Change in mobile data subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Decline in the volume of SMS traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 32 - Change in SMS revenue and share of mobile market - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 33 - Evolution of MMS messages sent - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 34 - Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 35 - Growth in active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 36 - Strong growth in LTE base stations in service - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 37 - Growth in the number of LTE subscribers - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 38 - Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 39 - Change in Telia Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 40 - Steady growth in Telia Lithuania's mobile ARPU - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 41 - Telia Lithuania MOU and churn - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 42 - Renewed growth in Telia Lithuania's mobile revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 43 - Growth in Bité Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 44 - Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania's revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 45 - Development of Tele2 Lithuania's total revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 46 - Development of Tele2 Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 47 - Development of the number of MVNO subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 48 - Change in the number of fixed broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 49 - Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 50 - Sharp growth in retail internet services market revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 51 - Change in fixed internet market revenue share by platform - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 52 - Evolution of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 53 - Fixed broadband subscriber net additions per year - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 54 - Fixed internet ARPU by platform - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 55 - Evolution of broadband data rates as proportion of connections - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 56 - Steady growth in super-fast broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 57 - Change in cable broadband market share by operator - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 58 - Telia Lithuania fixed broadband subscribers, total and DSL - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 59 - Decline in the number of wholesale DSL lines - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 60 - Growth in the number of Telia Lithuania's FttP subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 61 - Growth in the number of FttP/FttB lines - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 62 - Growing Telia Lithuania share in fibre market - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 63 - Evolution in Wi-Fi and WiMAX subscriptions - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 64 - Change in the number of Wi-Fi hotspots - 2012 - 2017
  • Table 65 - Change in the number of WiMAX base stations in service - 2009 - 2017; 2019
  • Table 66 - Increase in altnet market share of fixed-lines and revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 67 - Decline in the number of fixed-lines by operator (thousand) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 68 - Decline in fixed-telephony revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 69 - Development of Telia Lithuania's financial data (€ million)- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 70 - Change in Telia Lithuania's fixed-line revenue by service (€ million) - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 71 - Change in Telia Lithuania's fixed-line revenue by service (SEK million) - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 72 - Change in Telia Lithuania's investments - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 73 - Change in Telia's fixed-line subscribers by service - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 74 - Steady drop in the number of fixed lines and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 75 - Increase in international internet bandwidth - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 76 - Change in the number of dark fibre lines - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 77 - Development of dark fibre revenue - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 78 - Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 79 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 80 - Historic - Internet ARPU - 2010 - 2014

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Evolution of telecom revenue and annual change - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 2 - Evolution of telecom revenue by service - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 3 - Change in telecom investment - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 4 - Change in ARPU per service - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 5 - Development of telecom revenue market share by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 6 - Development of telecom revenue market share major sector - 2011 - 2018
  • Chart 7 - Change in traffic in mobile and fixed-line networks - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 8 - Interconnection revenue shows steady decline - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 9 - Decline in wholesale access lines by type - 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 10 - Evolution of fixed wholesale lines - 2008 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Change in the number of fixed numbers ported - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 12 - Change in cumulative and annual mobile number portings - 2008 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Change in mobile interconnection revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Decline in revenue from roaming services - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 16 - Change in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration - 2015 - 2025
  • Chart 17 - Proportion of mobile market revenue by service - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Change in MVNO share of subscribers and revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Change in proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total sector revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Change in market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - Change in market share of revenue by operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Shift in the number of base stations to LTE - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Shift in ratio of mobile subscribers from prepaid to postpaid - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Shrinking number of prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - Steady increase in mobile voice traffic - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Strong growth in mobile data volume - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Change in mobile data subscriber market share per operator - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Decline in the volume of SMS traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 29 - Change in SMS revenue and share of mobile market - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Evolution of MMS messages sent - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 31 - Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers and penetration rate - 2008 - 2020
  • Chart 32 - Growth in active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 33 - Strong growth in LTE base stations in service - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 34 - Growth in the number of LTE subscribers - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 35 - Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 36 - Change in Telia Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 37 - Steady growth in Telia Lithuania's mobile ARPU - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 38 - Renewed growth in Telia Lithuania's mobile revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 39 - Growth in Bité Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 40 - Steady growth in Tele2 Lithuania's revenue - 2008 - 2020
  • Chart 41 - Development of Tele2 Lithuania's total revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 42 - Development of Tele2 Lithuania's mobile subscriber base - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 43 - Development of the number of MVNO subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 44 - Change in the number of fixed broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 45 - Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 46 - Sharp growth in retail internet services market revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 47 - Change in fixed internet market revenue share by platform - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 48 - Evolution of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 49 - Fixed internet ARPU by platform (Q4) - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 50 - Evolution of broadband data rates as proportion of connections - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 51 - Steady growth in super-fast broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 52 - Change in cable broadband market share by operator - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 53 - Telia Lithuania fixed broadband subscribers, total and DSL - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 54 - Decline in the number of wholesale DSL lines - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 55 - Growth in the number of Telia Lithuania's FttP subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 56 - Growth in the number of FttP/FttB lines - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 57 - Growing Telia Lithuania share in fibre market - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 58 - Evolution in Wi-Fi and WiMAX subscriptions - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 59 - Increase in altnet market share of fixed-lines and revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 60 - Decline in the number of fixed-lines by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 61 - Decline in fixed-telephony revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 62 - Development of Telia Lithuania's financial data (€) - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 63 - Change in Telia Lithuania's fixed-line revenue by service (€) - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 64 - Change in Telia Lithuania's fixed-line revenue by service (SEK) - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 65 - Change in Telia Lithuania's investments - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 66 - Change in Telia's fixed-line subscribers by service - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 67 - Steady drop in the number of fixed lines and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 68 - Change in the number of dark fibre lines - 2008 - 2020

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Access, the local loop and unbundling - an overview
  • Exhibit 2 - 2G spectrum award
  • Exhibit 3 - 4G spectrum awarded - 800MHz band
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