Latvian cellco Bite Latvia has reportedly completed a network upgrade that it had undertaken in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies. According to DB.lv, the four-month project saw Huawei install its equipment in all of the mobile operator’s base stations in order to allow the network to be upgraded to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the future. ‘All our equipment is suitable for use with LTE and the only thing that it will need to have is software updates,’ noted Bite Group technical manager Kristobals Alonso.
In addition to the upgrades of existing cell sites, Bite has also confirmed that over the four months it also constructed a further 80 base stations, while adding that the improved infrastructure will see it reduce electricity consumption by between 20% and 30%, while CO2 emissions will also be lowered.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bite Latvia is the country’s third largest cellco by subscribers, with a market share of 10.2% at end-June 2010, well behind the two market leaders, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and Tele2 Latvia, which both held around 42% at that same date.