The cable TV and telecoms company IZZI will report its 2005 financials on April 6 and probably also announce the acquisition of another cable TV company and/or ISP. Rumor has it that it may be a company outside of Riga, although one source close to IZZI says this isn't so. Another source says that IZZI has been working with a networking company to transmit its IPTV service to a smaller city somewhere in Latvia, apparently for redistribution by a local ISP.
This rumor came up in connection with talk that some ISPs (internet service providers, about time I explained that) were dissatisfied with the internet exchange LIX, which is owned by Lattelekom, Telia, Latnet, and MicroLink (now part of Lattelekom, although it was supposed to sell its physical network assets). Apparently, there is unhappiness with the fees charged and also with the quality of service (there were supposed to have been incidents while I was away). A Latvian networking company, Santa Monica, is reportedly organizing an alternative internet exchange that would run on the same physical network as LIX, but with better (they say) routers and network management software. It would be an interesting case of one layer on the network cannibalizing another.
More on that, perhaps, next week. I may get some information when I talk to one of the Santa Monica honchos at the end of the week.