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Triatel: competition for Latvian consumers will only increase in telecommunications

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU2015 was a year rich in all kinds of notable events – multiple important decisions that will soon impact every telecommunications service user in Latvia have been made. This includes international decisions as well. How positive this impact will be for consumers depends on actions of Latvian politicians, believes Chairman of Triatel Viktors Topors.

According to him, one of the most significant developments of 2015, especially in a future perspective, was the decision of the European Parliament in regards to the cancellation of roaming tariffs for mobile networks. This event becomes even more significant in the perspective of another decision – the formation of a single digital market.

«Of course, Latvia has some of the best and cheapest communications. In consumers’ perspective, development of the situation towards ‘cheaper and better’ is only logical. There is nothing to criticize here. Nevertheless, the cancellation of roaming tariffs puts in danger the current business model. What will happen with local tariffs next year? Will large operators maintain tariffs as low as they are now? The big three of telecommunications will work under conditions of intense competition, and the topic of increasing local tariffs will not be an easy one to explain,» – said the expert.

At the same time, he said it is important to keep in mind that the formation of a single digital market promises to make exploration of foreign markets easier for Latvian businessmen. It will also allow foreign businessmen enter Latvia’s market more easily as well.

«Looking at it from consumers’ perspective it looks like decisions are positive – they contribute to the state of competition, and competition is more often aimed at offering the best possible offer, not establish a monopoly. However, the aforementioned decisions are by no means clear if applied to Latvia’s situation. As it is known, the topic of Lattelecom’s and LMT’s merging has been in talks for years. The final decision was not made in 2015. Political decision regarding the impossible nature of this topic can also be considered as one of the most significant events of the last year, although this particular development is a negative one. Unclear game rules in Latvia make the situation in the country unstable for the market’s future development,» – added Topors.

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