SPRK confirms results of 1.5GHz auction; Tele2, LMT and Bite secure airwaves

31 Jan 2022

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK) has finalised the results of its auction of spectrum rights in the 1.5GHz band. Concessions were awarded to Latvia’s three mobile network operators (MNOs), Tele2 Latvia, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and Bite Latvia. Bite and LMT paid EUR280,000 (USD312,134) each for their licences – for the 1432MHz-1452MHz and 1452MHz-1472MHz blocks, respectively – whilst Tele2 paid EUR220,000 for the 1492MHz-1512MHz block. SPRK head Alda Ozola said of the additional frequencies: ‘Any new spectrum band increases the performance of electronic communications networks. The 1.5GHz spectrum band will strengthen the capacity of the mobile network, including by providing high download speeds and data coverage in the country, given the currently growing volume of downloaded data.’