RIGA - Teledema Latvija, a Lithuanian-owned firm, has announced plans to launch mobile-telecommunication services in Latvia under Bite Latvija's network, Bite Latvia reported.
Andrius Jankauskas, co-owner and board member of Teledema Latvija, told the Baltic News Service that the Lithuanian company had been hoping to launch operations in Latvia for quite some time, but had waited to see how Bite Latvija was doing.
"We are pleased with our results in Lithuania, so we think we would also do well in Latvia," he said.
Teledema Latvija should begin operating in the Baltic state this April, offering both pre-paid mobile cards and post-paid mobile services, Jankauskas said.
If the Latvian regulator is unable to provide Teledema Latvija with enough telephone numbers, he added, Bite Latvija has said it would be willing to help its fellow Lithuanian company during the initial period of operations.
Teledema Latvija expects to have about 10,000 clients by the end of this year, and is the second company to sign an agreement with Bite Latvija about using its mobile telecommunications network. Latvian cable TV and Internet provider Izzi signed a cooperation agreement with Bite Latvija at the end of 2005.
Teledema Latvija was founded in late 2005 and belongs to several Lithuanian individuals, according to the Latvian Business Register database.
Bite Latvija was the third mobile operator to launch services in the GSM/UMTS standard in Latvia after LMT and Tele2. The Triatel company also operates in the alternative CDMA standard, alongside virtual operator Zetcom, which sells pre-paid mobile cards Amigo and Hallo. In addition, Izzi and Master Telecom plan to launch mobile services in Latvia this year.