The first 5G internet transmission exceeded 1 Gbps in Latvia, while the average download speed on the 5G network is over 750Mbps. This speed is 15x higher than the average on the whole 4G network in the country last year.
Latvia has topped the FTTH Council Europe's fiber penetration ranking for the last three years, at more than 50 per cent. Additionally, according to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Tele2 has provided the fastest 4G mobile internet download rate in Latvia. Over the last three years, the average speed on a 4G network is 45.68Mbps.
With regards to 4G speeds, Tele2 has achieved the highest connection speed among all operators - 123.85Mbps on the 4G network.
Tele2's technical director, Līga Krūmiņa says “The Tele2 5G network at Mūkusala Business Center is working well, demonstrating our readiness to take the next steps in developing the next generation network. We hope to launch this network in commercial mode as soon as possible so that all of our customers with a 5G smartphone can start using it. The speed of mobile internet that we are already able to achieve with 5G technology is competitive with the speed offered by optical internet.”
While the 5G era in Latvia has begun, it should be noted that 4G will be a mobile workhorse for many years to come. This is because 5G technology will evolve gradually due to its high cost, limited terminals and various market availability of 5G technology.
Customers will be able to buy 5G smartphones from Tele2 by the end of August starting with the Huawei Mate20 X 5G smartphone which will cost €999.