Mobile operator receives fixed line concession

21 May 2003

Latvia’s telecoms regulator, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has issued a fixed line telecoms licence to the country’s second largest mobile operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT). The award will enable LMT to offer local, long-distance and international voice telephony as well as data transmission, leased line and internet access services in competition with national PTO Lattelekom. LMT joins its rival domestic mobile operator Tele2, which has already received a similar concession to provide fixed line services and which hopes to launch through its Tele2 Telecom subsidiary later this year. Unlike its rival, LMT does not intend to establish a separate division to handle its fixed line operations. Company president Juris Binde said his company will decide on the range of services it will offer after it has evaluated market demand and finalised the terms of its interconnection agreement. Lattelekom’s monopoly expired at the start of this year and the PTO is also expected to face competition from Latvian Railway, electricity utility Latvenergo and Aeronavigacijas Serviss (Air Navigation Service – ANS).