The incumbent Latvian telco Lattelecom has secured the right to operate the country’s future DTT platform.
Latvia almost became one of the first countries in CEE to launch a DTT service earlier this decade, only for its plans to be shot down by a scandal implicating a UK-registered company.
It will now be one of the last, launching an MPEG-4-based service in 2011.
Lattelecom is owned by the Latvian state (51%) and Tilts Communications (49%), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonera Holding/Sonera Corporation/Telia Sonera, and already operates an IPTV.
It beat off competition from several other companies including DauTKom and the Latvian Radio and TV Centre, to secure the DTT operator’s licence.