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Lithuania

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In DESI 2015, Lithuania has an overall score[1] of 0.52 and ranks 11th out of the 28 EU Member States. Relative to last year, Lithuania has not succeeded in taking advantage of the extensive availability of fast and affordable broadband networks. Fast broadband (>30 MBps) is available to 97% of homes. While only 58% of households take a broadband subscription, i.e. significantly less than the 70% EU average, as many as half of those (52%) choose a fast broadband connection. 25% of Lithuanians have never used the Internet, however the vast majority of those who do use internet do so for online banking (74%) and video calls (79%). 18% of SMEs in Lithuania sell online and 11% sell online cross-border.

Lithuania falls into the cluster of medium‑performance[2] countries

 

DESILithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 2015110.520.520.48
DESI 201490.50.460.45

1. Connectivity

1 ConnectivityLithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 201570.680.630.56
DESI 201480.610.540.51

 

With an overall score of 0.68, Lithuania ranks 7th among EU countries in terms of Connectivity. Fixed broadband coverage is on par with the EU average, and all connections are Next Generation Access (NGA, i.e. a connection capable of providing at least 30 Mbps download speed) – well above the EU average of 68%.

 

 LithuaniaEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
1a1 Fixed BB Coverage
% households
98%
(2014)
 1597%
(2013)
1797%
(2014)
1a2 Fixed BB Take-up
% households
58%
(2014)
 2458%
(2013)
2370%
(2014)
1b1 Mobile BB Take-up
Subscribers per 100 people
60
(2014)
 1949
(2013)
2272
(2014)
1b2 Spectrum
% of the target for spectrum to be harmonised at EU level
84%
(2014)
 584%
(2013)
570%
(2014)
1c1 NGA Coverage
% households, out of all households
97%
(2014)
 497%
(2013)
468%
(2014)
1c2 Subscriptions to Fast BB
% of subscriptions >= 30Mbps, out of fixed BB subscriptions
52%
(2014)
 647%
(2013)
426%
(2014)
1d1 Fixed BB Price
% individual gross income spent for the cheapest standalone Fixed Broadband subscription (lower values are better)
0.2%
(2014)
 10.9%
(2013)
11.4%
(2014)

 

In Lithuania broadband is available to 98% of homes, and all connections are fast, e.g. they provide at least 30 Mbps, placing Lithuania among the European leaders in NGA deployment.

Despite the widespread availability of high speed connectivity, Lithuania has one of the lowest shares of households actually subscribing to fixed broadband (58%), lagging significantly behind the 70% European average.

The costs associated to the subscriptions are the lowest in Europe (in terms of the share of individual gross income spent on the subscription). Hence, Lithuania is failing to benefit from the extensive high-speed digital infrastructure available.

 

 Download the Report on the Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package (EN)

2. Human Capital

2 Human CapitalLithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 2015170.50.570.54
DESI 2014190.470.530.52

 

With a Human Capital score of 0.5, Lithuania ranks 17th among EU countries, an improvement from the 19th position in the previous year.

 

 LithuaniaEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
2a1 Internet Users
% individuals (aged 16-74)
69%
(2014)
 1965%
(2013)
2075%
(2014)
2a2 Basic Digital Skills
% individuals (aged 16-74)
59%
(2014)
 1350%
(2012)
2059%
(2014)
2b1 ICT Specialists
% employed individuals
1.7%
(2012)
 241.7%
(2012)
242.8%
(2012)
2b2 STEM Graduates
Graduates in STEM per 1000 individuals (aged 20 to 29)
23
(2012)
 123
(2012)
117
(2012)

 

Lithuania needs to engage its citizens in the use of the Internet. Currently, the share of regular Internet users is below the EU average, but they appear to have at least basic digital skills; however, one fourth of individuals in Lithuania have never used the Internet. Hence, the challenge is to engage these individuals as to enable them to participate in the digital economy and society.

The share of ICT Specialists as a fraction of employed individuals is fairly low (1.7% compared to the 2.8% EU average); nevertheless, Lithuania has the highest share of STEM (science, technology and mathematics) Graduates in Europe.

3. Use of Internet

3 Use of InternetLithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 201560.530.470.43
DESI 201480.490.430.41

 

Lithuanians are fairly engaged, when it comes to the use of Internet services. In this respect, Lithuania scores 0.53 and ranks 6th among EU countries.

 

 LithuaniaEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
3a1 News
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
94%
(2014)
 191%
(2013)
267%
(2014)
3a2 Music, Videos and Games
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
46%
(2014)
 2147%
(2012)
2149%
(2014)
3a3 Video on Demand
% households that have a TV
11%
(2014)
 238.4%
(2013)
2641%
(2014)
3b1 Video Calls
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
79%
(2014)
 270%
(2013)
137%
(2014)
3b2 Social Networks
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
65%
(2014)
 1264%
(2013)
1158%
(2014)
3c1 Banking
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
74%
(2014)
 768%
(2013)
957%
(2014)
3c2 Shopping
% individuals who used Internet in the last year (aged 16-74)
36%
(2014)
 2537%
(2013)
2463%
(2014)

 

More Internet users in Lithuania use online banking (74%), read news online (94%), make video calls (79%) and engage in social networks (65%) than the average Internet user in the EU (where these figures are 57%, 67%, 37% and 58%, respectively). Lithuanian Internet users are particularly keen on consuming online news content, and interacting via video calls, two categories in which Lithuania holds top positions in Europe. Furthermore, the propensity to engage in these activities is also showing an upward trend. One significant exception is online shopping. Not only does Lithuania seriously lag behind the EU average of 63%, the percentage of individuals shopping online is flat.

4. Integration of Digital Technology

4 Integration of Digital TechnologyLithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 201580.390.370.33
DESI 201420.440.330.3

 

In Integration of Digital Technology by businesses, Lithuania scores 0.39, and places 8th in this DESI 2015 dimension, a drop from the 2nd place in the previous year.

 

 LithuaniaEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
4a1 Electronic Information Sharing
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
30%
(2014)
 17n.a.-31%
(2014)
4a2 RFID
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
6.4%
(2014)
 44.6%
(2011)
13.8%
(2014)
4a3 Social Media
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
15%
(2014)
 1217%
(2013)
1014%
(2014)
4a4 eInvoices
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
18%
(2014)
 415%
(2013)
711%
(2014)
4a5 Cloud
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
9.7%
(2014)
 12n.a.-11%
(2014)
4b1 SMEs Selling Online
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
18%
(2014)
 920%
(2013)
815%
(2014)
4b2 eCommerce Turnover
% turnover of SMEs (no financial sector, 10-249 employees)
7.4%
(2014)
 168.1%
(2013)
128.8%
(2014)
4b3 Selling Online Cross-border
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
11%
(2013)
 611%
(2013)
66.5%
(2013)

 

In 2014 Lithuanian enterprises were embracing the opportunities offered by various digital technologies, but a stagnation trend can be observed in the eCommerce indicators. At the same time, the uptake of eInvoices and RFID is becoming more widespread, and in these areas Lithuania lies well above the EU average.

The percentage of SMEs selling online (18%) has somewhat decreased from the previous year, but it is still above the EU average (15%). Concurrently, the share of turnover of Lithuanian SMEs generated by eCommerce (7.4%) has also slightly decreased, whereas the percentage of SMEs selling online cross-border (11%) is the 6th highest in the EU.

5. Digital Public Services

5 Digital Public ServicesLithuaniaClusterEU
rankscorescorescore
DESI 2015160.410.510.47
DESI 2014130.450.440.45

 

Digital Public Services is the dimension where Lithuania ranks 16th among EU countries, a slight decline in rank from the previous year.

 

 LithuaniaEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
5a1 eGovernment Users
% individuals returning filled forms, out of Internet users in the last year (aged 16-74)
43%
(2014)
 840%
(2013)
733%
(2014)
5a2 Pre-filled Forms
Score (0 to 100)
67
(2014)
 1065
(2013)
945
(2014)
5a3 Online Service Completion
Score (0 to 100)
76
(2014)
 1773
(2013)
1675
(2014)
5a4 Open Data
Score (0 to 700)
250
(2014)
 24n.a.-378
(2014)
5b1 Medical Data Exchange
% General Practitioners
12%
(2013)
 2212%
(2013)
2236%
(2013)
5b2 ePrescription
% General Practitioners
0.45%
(2013)
 270.45%
(2013)
2727%
(2013)

 

Modern public services offered online in an efficient manner are a vehicle for efficiency gains for enterprises, citizens, and the public administration itself. Lithuania has made some progress towards increasing its uptake of eGovernment. Slight improvements in the availability of pre-filled forms[3] and online service completion[4] indicators show that there has been some evolution in the range and sophistication of offered services, ahead of the European average. These improvements were accompanied by an increase in the share of Internet users that have exchanged filled-forms with the public administration online, from 40% in the previous year to 43% this year (versus an EU average of 33%).

On the side of eHealth, the availability of services continues to be limited. Both Medical Data Exchange and ePrescription are utilised by only a small fraction of General Practitioners. In these areas, Lithuania ranks as one of the least proactive countries in Europe and it is failing to use digitisation as a means to improve the efficiency and degree of service offered by its health system.

 

 Download the eGovernment benchmark factsheet (EN)

6. R&D

 Download information on R&D in the ICT sector and participation in Horizon 2020 (EN)


[1] DESI scores range from 0 to 1, the higher the score the better the country performance.

[2] In the DESI 2015, the medium-performance cluster of countries comprises Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

[3] 67/100 in the Pre-filled Forms indicator (measuring the extent to which data that is already known to the public administration is pre-filled in the forms that are presented to the user)

[4] 76/100 in the Online Service Completion indicator (measuring the extent to which the various steps in an interaction with the public administration – life event – can be performed completely online)

 

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Last updated on 18/06/2015