AVAILABLE SERVICES IN LATVIA

Although Latvia shows high mobile and broadband penetration, it is performing at a significantly lower level than other countries in the Baltic region. The main reasons are that the mobile market has been saturated for quite some time and there are few incentives that may drive operators to look for further innovation in their services. The wireline market is shrinking, with consumers migrating to fibre-optic connections. The incumbent Lattelecom remains the dominant player despite liberalisation, and the government is not pushing enough for market reforms that would enable easier and more cost-effective competition.

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DETAILS

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. Extensive LTE services having been upgraded with LTE-A technologies. Bité Latvia has begun the process of transitioning their network 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 to provide commercial 5G services from 2019. The Internet penetration rate was of 87% by the end of 2018.

TELECOMS MARKET

Until 2003 the incumbent Lattelecom had a monopoly in the fixed telecommunications market. This led to overwhelming use of cellular phones for private customers, fixed lines being requested mostly by companies. In Latvia exist more than 2 million mobile phones. Since the fixed-line voice communication monopoly ended in 2003, several companies entered the market for fixed voice communication services. These voice telephony providers provide services for cheaper foreign calls, as well as local calls. The telecom regulator SPRK tries to provide a competitive environment so that new operators can compete with Lattelecom which owns most of the last-mile connections.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Latvia is a small, open economy with exports contributing nearly a third of GDP. Due to its geographical location, transit services are highly-developed, as well as key industry sectors such as manufacturing of machinery and electronics. Corruption continues to be an impediment to attracting foreign direct investment and Latvia’s low birth rate and decreasing population are major challenges to its long-term economic vitality. Latvia’s economy entered a severe recession in 2008 as a result of an unsustainable current account deficit and large debt exposure amid the softening world economy. The economy has not returned to pre-crisis levels despite strong growth, especially in the export sector. The IMF, EU, and other international donors provided a substantial financial assistance program that successfully concluded by the end of 2011. The majority of companies, banks, and real estate have been privatized, although the state still holds sizable stakes in a few large enterprises. Latvia also joined the euro zone in 2014 and the OECD in 2016.

LOCAL PROVIDERS

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Fixed PSTN (local, national and international)
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Cellular mobile
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MVNOs
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Licensed cable operators
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Cisco certified partners

INCUMBENT OPERATOR

The Latvian incumbent Lattelecom group provides IT, telecommunication and outsourced business process solutions. The Lattelecom Group is made up of five companies – SIA Lattelecom, Lattelecom BPO, Citrus Solutions and Lattelecom Technology with its subsidiary Baltic Computer Academy. It is the leading provider of electronic communications services in Latvia that offers electronic communication solutions for home, small and medium size businesses, state and municipal institutions, as well as for corporate clients. 51% of Lattelecom shares are owned by the Latvian government, and the remaining 49% by the Scandinavian company TeliaSonera AB.

RELEVANT INTERNET EXCHANGE POINTS

  • LIX – Latvian Internet Exchange Point

DATACENTERS IN LATVIA

DEAC “Riga”
DEAC
459 Maskavas street
1063 Riga

DEAC “Grizinkalns”
DEAC
24 J.Asara street
LV1009 Riga

DC 25
Optron Ltd.
A.Deglava 73
LV 1082 Riga

IZZI Data Center
IZZI Ltd.
Perses iela 2
Riga

LTT Skanstes
Lattelecom
Skanstes iela 13
LV-1013 Centrs

LTT Kleisti
Lattelecom
Kleistu iela 5
LV-1067 Imanta

LTT Keldisa
Lattelecom
Keldisa iela 18
LV-1021 Plavnieki

LTT Brivibas
Lattelecom
Brivibas iela 304
LV-1006 Jugla

LTT Kaleju
Lattelecom
Kaleju iela 48
LV-1050 Centrs

LTT Valdemara
Lattelecom
Valdemara iela 110
LV-1013 Sarkandaugava

Nano IT datacenter @ VEF
Sia Nano IT
Brivibas street 214M-2
LV-1039 Riga

Atlasa
Telia Latvija, SIA
Atlasa str. 2
LV-1006 Riga

VERnet DC
Versija Ltd.
Dzirnavu 89
LV-1011 Riga

Raunas DC
Telenet
Raunas 44
LV1039 Riga

AlphaHost.lv Data Center Elijas
AlphaHost.lv
Elijas 17
LV-1050 Riga

LVRTC Data Center “Zakusala”
Latvia State Radio and Television Centre
Zakusalas krastmala 1
LV-1050 Riga

Cloudhosting.lv
EnergyIT
Brivibas gatve 214M-5
LV-1039 Riga

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