Mapping broadband in Lithuania

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Lithuania

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 Lithuania is now 80% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Lithuania was an EU leader for NGA services, and compared to its neighbours it also delivered a good level of basic service to all its citizens.

Lithuania broadband coverage by technology combination

Lithuania broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

Lithuania had one of the least developed DSL networks in the European Union, but the country instead focused on providing services through other channels. Lithuania had the second largest WiMAX network in the study, with services reaching nearly 85% of households by the end of 2012. WiMAX was the key service for delivering standard broadband services to rural households, along with HSPA.

Lithuania had the most extensive FTTP network in the EU, reaching at least 80% of households. Other estimates suggest that coverage could be as high as 94%, but we suggest that this could be too optimistic. There is a great deal of overlap between the various FTTH/B networks. Also coverage was mainly limited to serving apartment blocks, which in 2012 were housing nearly 60% of the population according to Eurostat. We also believe that it is unlikely that FTTH/B coverage could have extended very far with the 34% of the population living in low-density rural areas.

53% of households could also access cable services, and nearly 80% of the network had been upgraded to Docsis 3. We believe that the Docsis 3 network overlaps entirely with the FTTP network in Lithuania, which means that overall NGA coverage was 80%.

Both WiMAX coverage and FTTP coverage grew by a significant amount in 2012, with around 25p.p. and 20p.p. growth respectively. LTE grew by more than 6p.p. and was servingaround 20% of all households by the end of the year.

Lithuania total broadband coverage by technology

Lithuania total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Lithuania rural broadband coverage by technology

Lithuania rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

The most rural area of Utenos had the lowest coverage of both standard fixed and NGA broadband services. It is one of the most rural areas in the study, with 72% of households in areas with less than 100 people per kilometre. Whilst NGA coverage in Lithuania is very advanced, it will still be a challenge to reach its most rural households with NGA services. Lithuania is also one of the four study countries in which satellite broadband services were still not commercially available in 2012.

Lithuania standard broadband coverage map

Lithuania standard broadband coverage map

Lithuania NGA broadband coverage map

Lithuania NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Lithuania

Find out more

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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