Lattelekom will upgrade its consumer DSL services to offer download speeds of 10 Mbps or more by this summer, company officials told this blogger (Latvian readers, see www.db.lv or the January 18 newspaper). The reason is increasing competition from alternative and small operators already claiming to offer higher speeds (though most often only within the Latvian network).
The high-speed service will most likely come only at a small premium to the present 512 Kbps HomeDSL service, which costs around LVL 15 per month.
Lattelekom is facing competitive pressure not only from other fixed network providers, but from the prospect of mobile operator Bite Latvija offering fixed-fee mobile internet with mult-megabit speeds on the UMTS network, using HSDPA technology.
Business DSL services will also see much higher speeds but will also be priced, as now, substantially higher in line with service levels.
A Swedish survey by analysts Berg Insight of Gothenburg says that in the next few years there may be as many as 50 million HSDPA users in Europe who surf the internet anywhere (within 3G coverage) for a flat fee and at speeds of 3.6 Mbps or higher.
In the new housing projects (apartment buildings and individual home villages), both Lattelekom and Latvenergo, the national energy utility, are offering fiber-to-the-home solutions that will enable speeds of up to 100 Mbps to individual subscribers and "gigabit" speeds to the local router.