Lattelekom and Telekom Baltija team up for rural fixed-wireless service

9 May 2006

Latvia’s former monopoly fixed line operator Lattelekom has agreed to assist rival Telekom Baltija in the roll out of fixed-wireless CDMA2000 1x services to remote and rural regions not currently covered by the incumbent’s traditional fixed line infrastructure.

Telekom Baltija was established in 1999 as IP Telephone Company and quickly established a niche for itself as a provider of local, national and international voice telephony services and internet access using lines leased from Lattelekom. In October 2003 it was awarded a public mobile telecoms licence in the 450MHz band and in 2004 rolled out a CDMA2000 1X network under the Triatel banner, using equipment supplied by Nortel. As well as serving in the region of 8,000 pure wireless customers, the network is also used to provide a range of fixed wireless data services, principally for the business market.