The Latvian incumbent telco Lattelecom ended 2009 with 55,000 pay-TV subscribers.
The Latvian national commercial station LNT will continue to be offered free of charge by Lattelecom, the operator of the country’s recently launched DTT platform, in the run-up to and following the transition to digital broadcasting.
The European Commission is to look into a complaint by the leading Latvian cable operator Baltkom that a DTT licence was awarded unfairly to the incumbent telco Lattelecom.
The Latvian incumbent telco Lattelecom ended October with 192,000 broadband internet subscribers, or 6% more than at the beginning of the year.
TeliaSonera-backed Lattelecom says it is now the leading provider of digital TV services in Latvia, with its IPTV operation Interactive TV claiming over 40,000 subscribers.
Latvia is making DTT more widely available, with reception equipment now being sold in Ekor and RD Electronics consumer electronics stores rather than just Lattelecom outlets.
Lattelecom Interactive TV, the IPTV service operated by the TeliaSonera-backed incumbent Latvian telecom, has officially reached the 30,000- subscriber mark.