Mobile Network Experience Report Latvia March 2022

Latvia

Mobile Network Experience Report
March 2022

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Author
Robert Wyrzykowski Senior Analyst

Key Findings

Bite and LMT share the Download Speed Experience award

Our users observed no statistically significant difference in their average download speeds on Bite and LMT’s networks. As a result both operators jointly win Latvia’s very first Download Speed Experience award, with scores of 29.3 and 32 Mbps, respectively. Tele2 comes third, clocking in at 24.9 Mbps.

Bite hits the 10 Mbps mark and leads the upload speed race

Bite wins Upload Speed Experience outright, with a score of 10.6 Mbps — the only operator in the country to cross the 10 Mbps milestone this time around. The operator commands a lead of around 2.2 Mbps over second-placed LMT and Tele2, whose scores are statistically tied.

LMT solely claims 4G Coverage Experience

We saw two outright wins in the award table this time around — and the second one goes to LMT, for 4G Coverage Experience. LMT wins the award with a score of 8.4 points on a 10-point scale — ahead of second-placed Tele2 (8.1 points) and third-placed Bite (7.6 points). 4G Coverage Experience is a measure of how mobile subscribers experience 4G coverage on an operator’s network. it analyzes the locations where customers of a network operator received a 4G signal relative to the locations visited by users of all network operators.

All operators are joint winners for the experiential awards

We saw a series of three-way statistical ties for the experiential awards — Video Experience, Games Experience and Voice App Experience — which resulted in joint wins for Bite, LMT and Tele2. Our users in Latvia enjoyed Very Good (65<75) video experience on all networks, which means generally fast loading times and only occasional stalling. All national operators in Latvia placed in the Good (80<87) category for Voice App Experience and in the Fair (65<75) category for Games Experience.

Latvian users connected to 4G between 83.9% and 88.9% of the time

All three Latvia’s national operators jointly win 4G Availability, due to another three-way statistical tie with scores ranging from 83.9% to 88.9%. 4G Availability shows the average proportion of time that our users spend with a 4G or better connection on each operator's network.

Introduction

In Opensignal's first mobile network experience report on Latvia, we observed a fierce fight for the awards between Bite and LMT. Both operators end up with an outright win each and five joint victories. Bite solely wins the Upload Speed Experience award, while LMT — 4G Coverage Experience. Both players ended in a statistical tie in Download Speed Experience and share this award. In the remaining four categories, we saw the third national operator Tele2 join the winners’ ranks along with Bite and LMT — which resulted in four three-way statistical ties and joint wins for all of Latvia’s operators.

The national regulator Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija (SPRK) has granted spectrum licenses in new spectrum bands to national operators, in two separate spectrum tenders. In December 2021, Bite, LMT and Tele2 spent €13.3 million (around $15.1 million) in total on spectrum blocks in the 700 MHz band. All operators each secured paired 10 MHz blocks, while both LMT and Tele2 also purchased a block of unpaired 10 MHz spectrum in the 700 MHz band, with licences valid from 2025. The second recent spectrum auction in Latvia took place in January 2022 — Bitel, LMT and Tele2 each won a 20 MHz block of unpaired spectrum in the 1500 MHz band. Noteworthy, Bite and Tele2 entered a partial spectrum sharing deal in March 2021.

Latvia’s operators continue to deploy 5G in the country — LMT claimed to have rolled out 100 5G base stations before December 2021, making the 5G services available in all of Latvia’s regions. Meanwhile, Tele2 signed a deal with Nokia for the deployment of 5G RAN equipment in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Tele2 shared that it is ready to deploy 5G services in Latvia, using the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands. Tele2 also announced that it intends to invest €12.5 million to modernise its core and RAN networks and install new base stations, while its competitor Bite shared that it plans to spend €70 million to develop its 5G network in the next three years.

In this report, we've analyzed the mobile network experience for Latvia's national operators — Bite, LMT and Tele2, over a period of 90 days beginning November 1, 2021 and ending January 29, 2022, to see how they fared. 5G measurements contributed to the overall scores.

Opensignal Awards Table

Mobile Experience Awards, Latvia
March 2022, Latvia Report
Video Experience
Games Experience
Voice App Experience
Download Speed Experience
Upload Speed Experience
4G Availability
4G Coverage Experience
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Mobile Experience Awards Winners
March 2022, Latvia
Upload Speed Experience
4G Coverage Experience
Mobile Experience Awards Draws
March 2022, Latvia
Video Experience
Games Experience
Voice App Experience
Download Speed Experience
4G Availability
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Overview

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Video Experience
in 0-100 points
Bite
69.3
LMT
68.1
Tele2
68.4
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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National Analysis

Video Experience

Video Experience
in 0-100 points
Bite
69.3
LMT
68.1
Tele2
68.4
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Games Experience

Games Experience
in 0-100 points
Bite
66.3
LMT
73.3
Tele2
74.0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Voice App Experience

Voice App Experience
in 0-100 points
Bite
80.8
LMT
81.2
Tele2
81.9
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Download Speed Experience

Download Speed Experience
in Mbps
Bite
29.3
LMT
32.0
Tele2
24.9
0 8.75 17.5 26.25 35
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Upload Speed Experience

Upload Speed Experience
in Mbps
Bite
10.6
LMT
8.3
Tele2
8.5
0 3.75 7.5 11.25 15
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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4G Availability

4G Availability
% of time
Bite
85.7
LMT
83.9
Tele2
88.9
0 22.5 45 67.5 90
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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4G Coverage Experience

4G Coverage Experience
in 0-10 points
Bite
7.6
LMT
8.4
Tele2
8.1
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Opensignal measures the real-world experience of consumers on mobile networks in the places they live, work and travel.

We continually adapt our methodology to best represent the true experience of smartphone users. Therefore, comparisons of the results to past reports should be considered indicative only.

For every metric we calculate statistical confidence intervals indicated on our graphs. When confidence intervals overlap, our measured results are too close to declare a winner. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple winners.

In our bar graphs we represent confidence intervals as boundaries on either sides of graph bars. In our supporting-metric charts we show confidence intervals as +/- numerical values.

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For every metric we calculate statistical confidence intervals indicated on our graphs. When confidence intervals overlap, our measured results are too close to declare a winner. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple operator winners.

In our bar graphs we represent confidence intervals as boundaries on either sides of graph bars.

In our supporting-metric charts we show confidence intervals as +/- numerical values.

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