Latvia awards DTT licence

The incumbent Latvian telco Lattelecom has secured the right to operate the countryís future DTT platform.

Latvia almost became one of the first countries in CEE to launch a DTT service earlier this decade, only for its plans to be shot down by a scandal implicating a UK-registered company.

It will now be one of the last, launching an MPEG-4-based service in 2011.

Lattelecom is owned by the Latvian state (51%) and Tilts Communications (49%), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonera Holding/Sonera Corporation/Telia Sonera, and already operates an IPTV.

It beat off competition from several other companies including DauTKom and the Latvian Radio and TV Centre, to secure the DTT operatorís licence.