Mapping broadband in Latvia

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Latvia

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Latvia is now over 78% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Whilst Latvia lagged behind the rest of the European Union for standard fixed broadband coverage, it was well ahead for NGA coverage. Much new information on coverage in Latvia was provided since we reported in 2011, and Latvia presents an interesting case study for broadband deployment in eastern Europe.

Latvia broadband coverage by technology combination

Latvia broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

Latvia had one of the least extensive DSL networks in the EU in 2012, with under 50% coverage reported and ranking third from bottom in a list of all the study countries. But it had an extensive WiMAX network and the second largest FTTP network in the European Union, as well as a competent cable network. FTTP coverage grew by more than 17 percentage points in the year, whilst DSL coverage dropped by nearly 5p.p.

The reason for this is simple. In general, new DSL connections are not installed in households where fibre infrastructure is available. These households are therefore not counted in the DSL coverage totals.

Docsis 3 services were available in Latvia, but the network entirely overlaps with the FTTP network and overall NGA coverage was 78.5% at the end of 2012. This makes Latvia one of the top ranking countries for NGA coverage, but it still lags behind in terms of standard fixed broadband.

Significant improvements were made to the coverage of most technologies in 2012. We have already mentioned the large expansion of the FTTP networks. The cable network also grew by around 8p.p. as did WiMAX coverage. LTE coverage increased by nearly 20p.p. and VDSL grew by more than 5p.p.. But Latvia needs to focus on bringing basic broadband to all its citizens, rather than extending its NGA coverage in areas that can already access high-speed services. It is one of the four study countries with no satellite broadband availability – so this will not fill the gap for standard fixed broadband coverage left by DSL.

Latvia total broadband coverage by technology

Latvia total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Latvia rural broadband coverage by technology

Latvia rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Latvia’s capital Riga had total coverage of standard fixed broadband services, but other areas only had between 70 and 80% coverage by the end of 2012. Most households in Riga could also access NGA services. It is the most rural areas that still had the lowest coverage, although all areas are comparatively well served.

Latvia standard broadband coverage map

Latvia standard broadband coverage map

Latvia NGA broadband coverage map

Latvia NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Latvia

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Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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