The Latvian incumbent telco Lattelecom has expressed its concerns about delays in preparations for a new DTT tender.
The Telia Sonera-backed company currently holds a DTT licence and operates a service that has over 260,000 users.
However, that licence will expire at the end of next year, with a new one coming into effect at the beginning of 2014.
In a statement, the telco criticises the government for suspending a working group into the future of digital TV services in Latvia and calls for the immediate announcement of a competition for a new DTT licence.
It also criticises the Latvian Telecommunications Association (LTA), which it claims lobbies openly on behalf of Baltcom, the country’s leading cable operator, for providing different proposals to those of the working group that would be against the interests of viewers.
Separately, Lattelecom says it has become the first company in the Baltic Republics to adopt a four-screen strategy.
It adds that smartphones are becoming increasingly popular in Latvia and are now used by one in four mobile owners.