In 2009, Tet started its investments in developing an optical fibre-to-the-home network. The aim of the project is universal FTTP coverage for most multi-story buildings nationwide as well as coverage in selected rural areas. In 2021, on a limited basis, Tet started to provide fixed optical internet speeds of up to 10 Gbps, a tenfold leap from the fastest current commercial offering of 1 Gbps.
The total amount of transmitted data is increasing, the take-up in the Latvian network grows yearly by 10-15% on average. The core network of Tet internet serves as a backbone of Latvia’s common network, providing circa 60% of the total internet traffic in Latvia.
The project was financed exclusively with private funds. Tet’s FTTH network now covers more than two thirds of households in Latvia. Tet’s subsidiary, Citrus Solutions, which implemented the network deployment, is currently using the acquired knowledge to successfully deploy the optical network in Germany as well. This project is reducing the digital divide in rural areas, allowing access to an affordable network, and securing modern, personal, and business needs.
Results and Impact
Tet has built a nationwide FTTH network available in approximately 72% of all Latvian households. The fibre network spans more than 13,400 kilometres. Extended coverage increases penetration of broadband services and allows better access to online public and commercial services. These investments are also a step towards future solutions and the construction of a 5G core network, as in the future every 5G internet tower will be connected to fibre optic internet.
For more information visit the project website.