Swedish-backed cellco Tele2 Latvia has announced plans to expand its 5G network with the deployment of base stations in 13 more cities over the course of 2021, namely: Ventspils, Salaspils, Balozi, Liepaja, Cesis, Kuldiga, Marupe, Ogre, Jekabpils, Saldus, Talsi, Carnikava and Olaine. In addition, the operator will also expand its 5G network in Riga, Daugavpils, Jurmala and Valmiera. Tele2 is planning to expand the 5G network evenly to all regions of the country in the long-term, but is currently prioritising areas where the 4G network load is highest. The 5G deployments will relieve the 4G network, which Tele2 maintains will be the ‘main technology’ for the provision of mobile communications services for now and the near future. Commenting on the plan, Tele2 Chairman Valdis Vancovics explained: ‘Given that mobile data consumption on our network increased by about 60% in 2020, we are well aware of the need to work hard to strengthen network capacity and coverage. That is why this year we have several million euros worth of investments in the development of network infrastructure.’ Indeed, separate to its 5G expansion plans, the cellco has also outlined its intention to improve the capacity of 200 of its 2G, 3G and 4G base stations and deploy 40 new sites in 2021.