Lithuania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Lithuania’s mobile market is served by Telia Lithuania, Bité and Tele2 and by a small number of MVNOs. In addition, the state-owned broadcaster Telecentras has become the fourth mobile operator, with an extensive infrastructure using spectrum formerly assigned to its WiMAX offering and since being migrated to an LTE-A platform.

SIM card penetration is high for the region, and while the prepaid sector accounts for most subscribers the proportion of higher-ARPU postpaid subscribers is increasing. With dwindling new subscriber acquisition opportunities, mobile operators are heavily marketing mobile broadband services, made possible from past investments in 3G and HSPA networks and ongoing upgrades with LTE technology. By mid-2018 services based on LTE networks were available to more than 99% of the population.

As was the case with the mobile voice market, competition is driving down prices for mobile broadband plans, and accelerating customer take-up of mobile broadband services. The merger of the fixed-line operator TEO with Omnitel in February 2017 saw both business units being rebranded as Telia Lithuania.

The auction of spectrum in a range of bands in 2016 has also enabled the MNOs to improve on mobile broadband capacity. In April 2018 the regulator launched a consultation on the use of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz ranges, both of which have been earmarked for 5G services within Europe. In addition, a spectrum refarming exercise in late 2017 has enabled MNOs to have greater continuous spectrum bands to improve data service offerings. Since mid-2018 Telia Lithuania has repurposed some of its 3G spectrum holdings for LTE use.

This report provides an overview of the Lithuania’s highly-developed mobile market, covering the major operators, regulatory developments, mobile technologies, and services on offer.

Key developments:

  • Telia Lithuania begins refarming 3G spectrum for LTE use;
  • Regulator consults on future use of 3400MHz-3800MHz and 3800MHz-4200MHz spectrum ranges;
  • MNOs complete refarming of 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum;
  • Tele2 launches tri-band carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 350Mb/s;
  • MNOs’ joint venture Mobilieji Mokejimai preps for m-payment service launch;
  • Telia Company partners with Ericsson to develop 5G services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to March 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Lithuania, Bité Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 GSM licences
    • 4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.3 2.6GHz spectrum
    • 4.4 3.4GHz
    • 4.5 Spectrum auction 2013
    • 4.6 Spectrum auction 2016
    • 4.7 Significant Market Power (SMP)
    • 4.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.9 Roaming
    • 4.10 SIM card registration
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1.1 5G
    • 5.1.2 4G (LTE)
    • 5.1.3 3G
      • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
        • 5.2.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 6. Major mobile operators
      • 6.1 Telia
      • 6.2 Bité
      • 6.3 Tele2 Lithuania
      • 6.4 MVNOs
    • 7. Mobile content and applications
      • 7.1 M-payments
    • 8. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Historical - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
    • Table 3 – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2016 - 2018
    • Table 4 – Proportion of mobile market revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
    • Table 5 – Mobile market revenue, MNOs and resellers (LTL) – 2006 - 2014
    • Table 6 – Mobile market revenue (€) – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 7 – MVNO share of subscribers and revenue – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 8 – Proportion of retail mobile service revenue to total telecom sector revenue – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 9 – 3G/4G subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 10 – Number of 3G/4G subscribers – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 11 – Market share of revenue by operator – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 12 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2018
    • Table 13 – Base stations in use – 2006 – 2018
    • Table 14 – Mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 15 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 16 – Prepaid subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 17 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 18 – Mobile data sent on mobile networks (quarterly comparison) – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 19 – Mobile data sent per subscriber – 2016 - 2018
    • Table 20 – Mobile data subscriber market share per operator – 2009 - 2018
    • Table 21 – Average mobile data speed by operator – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 22 – Total SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 23 – SMS revenue and share of mobile market – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 24 – Total MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 25 – Mobile broadband share of subscribers by operators – 2013 - 2018
    • Table 26 – Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers, penetration – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 27 – Active mobile broadband subscribers, penetration – 2008 - 2018
    • Table 29 – Mobile interconnection revenue – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 32 – Revenue from roaming services – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 36 – M2M connections – 2012 - 2018
    • Table 37 – Telia Lithuania mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 38 – Telia Lithuania annualised ARPU (LTL) – 2005 - 2014
    • Table 39 – Telia Lithuania mobile ARPU (€) – 2013 - 2018
    • Table 40 – Telia Lithuania MOU and churn – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 41 – Telia Lithuania mobile revenue (SEK) – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 42 – Bité Lithuania mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 43 – Historic - Bité Lithuania mobile blended ARPU – 2010 – 2015
    • Table 44 – Historic - Bité Lithuania financial data – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 45 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2018
    • Table 46 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 47 – MVNO subscribers – 2007 - 2017
    • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2019
    • Chart 2 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2017
    • Chart 3 – Mobile broadband (datacard) subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 - 2018
    • Chart 4 – Tele2 mobile financial data – 2008 - 2018
    • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum award
    • Exhibit 2 – 4G spectrum awarded – 800MHz band

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