Lithuania


Get acquisition and Swedish city networks boost Telia TV numbers

Nordic telecom operator Telia’s TV base was boosted by the acquisition of Get in Norway last year, adding some 504,000 subscribers to its TV total, but the group also saw TV numbers grow in all markets except Denmark and Lithuania. In its home market of Sweden, Telia’s TV base increased to 865,000, up from 841,000 […]

Lithuania’s CGates acquires cable operator Splius

Lithuania’s number two cable operator CGates has agreed the acquisition of local cable operator Splius, subject to regulatory approval. Splius is one of the leading providers of TV and internet services in the western part of Lithuania and ranked among the top five in the country, operating in the city of Klaipeda and the towns […]

TV proves bright spot in weak quarter for Telia

Nordic telco Telia missed its fourth-quarter earnings expectations thanks to weakness in its home Swedish market, but TV proved to be a bright spot in the company’s operational performance in its domestic market, with an uplift of 8.6% in its year-on-year TV numbers to 866,000, compared with flat year-on-year broadband and mobile subscriptions and a […]

New name for Viasat Sport Baltic channel

All Media Baltics, the Providence Equity Partners-backed outfit that took control of Modern Times Group’s assets in the Baltic states last year, has rebranded the Viasat Sport Baltic premium sports channel as TVPlay Sports. The company has said that it will continue the strategy of Viasat Sport Baltic to be the market leader for premium […]

HBO launches in Baltic states on Telia platforms

HBO is launching on Telia’s platforms and Latvia’s LMT network in the Baltic states. In Latvia, HBO will be available on Telia-backed telco Lattelcom’s network and on Lattelecom and Telia-backed mobile operator LMT’s network. The launch will bring content including Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and True Detective to Latvian subscribers, with most […]

Telia Lithuania begins shutdown of DTT following LTE 4G TV launch

Telia Lithuania has begun shutting down its digital-terrestrial pay TV offering, which has seen a fall-off in usage in favour of IPTV in recent years. Telia said that its Smart TV offering, which is available over its fixed network and – since June – via its LTE 4G network, was now available to 99% of […]

Lithuanian pubcaster names new CEO

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO. Garbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role. Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was […]

EBU concerned about political pressure on Lithuanian pubcaster

European public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU has expressed concern about political pressure being exerted on Lithuanian pubcaster LRT. The EBU highlighted the creation of an ad hoc investative commission by the Lithuanian parliament to look into the management, finances and economic activities of the broadcaster, which the EBU said was placing “an excessive burden” on […]

New chief for Lithuania’s Cgates

Lithuanian cable operator Cgates’ owners have named Tomas Burovas as its new CEO, replacing Petrą Kirdeiką. Burovas was previously commercial director at the operator, having joined the operator in 2016 from Tele2, where he was in charge of marketing for Lithuania. Mindaugas Utkevičius, chairman of Cgates and a founder of part-owner private-equity fund Livonia Partners, […]

CGates taps Nokia for high-speed routers

Lithuanian cable operator CGates has signed a deal with Nokia that will see it upgrade its core network with Nokia’s latest routers. CGates said it would be the first operator in northern Europe to deploy the routers, which will be installed later this year. The FP4 devices have a processing power of 2.4Tbps and the […]

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