Broadband facilitates the development of e-services for government, schools, commerce, health and business besides providing high-speed internet to residents, businesses and public administrations in Latvia.

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Summary of broadband development in Latvia

The national broadband plan of Latvia meets the high-speed internet coverage targets of the DAE for 2020. Through the project development of next generation electronic communications networks in rural areas broadband coverage will be improved for the rural regions of Latvia as operators will be able to provide access services using neutral passive optical infrastructure supported by state aid programme. Latvia supports the Gigabit society targets in the policy plan for the electronic communications sector 2018-2020 (approved in March 2018).

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

Latvia’s national broadband strategy (Nākamās paaudzes platjoslas elektronisko sakaru tīklu attīstības koncepcija 2013.-2020.gadam) was adopted in 2013, amended in 2016 and remains valid until 2020. Three components of the electronic communications network are discussed in the strategy – backbone network, transport network and subscriber lines (“last mile”). Also a description of the present situation and an analysis of strengths and weaknesses is provided. Latvia has one of Europe’s most extensive FTTX-networks and is willing to extend this network to provide nation-wide high speed access by 2020.

The Long term NGA aims are 100% coverage with 30 Mbps and 50% household penetration with 100 Mbps by 2020.

Main measures for broadband development

  • Regulation measures: Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers ensure the possibility to intervene in common projects with other merchants for investors who develop optical fibre networks (Article 43).
  • The implementation of the development of next generation electronic communications networks in rural areas (a ‘middle-mile’ project) is progressing at a good pace. Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project is deploying dark fibre and access points up to the centre of municipalities in rural areas currently not served by NGN and where there are no plans for NGN development (‘white’ areas defined according to EU broadband guidelines). Private providers have to deliver the last mile, for which no public support is foreseen. The expected total amount of funding is EUR 119 million, with approximately EUR 102 million from the ERDF.
  • Latvian Parliament adopted transposition measures of the Cost Reduction Directive, in particular the new Law on high-speed broadband networks, in April 2017.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Latvia

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

Check the overview for details on harmonised spectrum assignments and consult the study on spectrum assignments in the EU.

National publications and press documents

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Latvian

Contact information

BCO Latvia (national Broadband Competence Office): Ministry of Transport (Satiksmes ministrija)

Address: Gogola iela 3, 1743 Riga, Latvia
Contact via email
Phone: +371 6702 8100
Website

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija)

Address: Peldu iela 25, 1494 Rīga, Latvia
Contact via email
Phone: +371 67026533
Website

Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko pakalpojumu regulēšanas komisija)

Address: Ūnjias iela 45, 1039 Riga, Latvia
Contact via email
Phone: + 371 67097200
Website

The Competition Council (Konkurences padome)

Address: Brīvības iela 55, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Contact via email
Phone: +371 67282865
Website

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