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Romania - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Romania’s fixed-line telecoms market is evolving under the weight of competition and technological change. Implementation of EU Directives has opened the telecoms market to competition and implemented a regulatory framework designed to foster effective competition. Alternative operators have launched competing services in the liberalised fixed-line voice market, with cable TV operators the most successful to date. Alternative operators and the incumbent have invested in network capacity upgrades due to the shift towards offering broadband services. This report provides an insight into Romania’s developing telecommunications market, covering regulatory developments, major players, fixed-line infrastructure and offering a variety of statistics.

Key developments:

Weakened currency contributing to decline in telecom market revenue; legislation passed to facilitate access to telco infrastructure and public spaces; OTE declines to buy government’s share in RomTelecom; RomTelecom unites services under the Dolce brand, appoints new CEO; regulator’s H1 2012 market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2012; market developments to April 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

RCS & RDS, UPC Romania, GTS Telecom, RomTelecom, SN Radiocomunicatii.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Economic background
3.2 Overview of Romania’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Overview
4.1.1 EU regulatory framework
4.1.2 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Romania
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Access
4.3.3 Interconnect
4.3.4 Carrier selection and carrier PreSelection
4.3.5 Number portability
5. Fixed network operators in Romania
5.1 Overview of operators
5.2 RomTelecom
5.3 Alternative operators
5.3.1 RCS&RDS
5.3.2 UPC
5.3.3 GTS Telecom
5.3.4 SN Radiocomunicatii (Radiocom)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 RomTelecom
6.1.2 Alternative operators
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Internet subscriber statistics – 2012
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Telecom market revenue (RON) – 2006 - 2013
Table 9 – Telecom market revenue (€) – 2010 - 2013
Table 10 – Telecom market investment (RON) – 2005 - 2013
Table 11 – Revenue change (from base price) for telecom services – 2006 - 2010
Table 12 – Revenue by telecom sector – 2011 - 2012
Table 13 – Cost of local loop unbundling and shared access – 2006 - 2009
Table 14 – Wholesale lines available, by type – 2008 - 2010
Table 15 – Network interconnection rates – 2006 - 2009
Table 16 – CS and CPS providers, fixed network – 2008 - 2012
Table 17 – CS and CPS lines – 2008 - 2012
Table 18 – Annual fixed number portings – 2008 - 2012
Table 19 – Fixed number portings as share of total lines– 2008 - 2012
Table 20 – Fixed-line market share by traffic – 2008 - 2012
Table 21 – Fixed-line market share by subscribers – 2008 - 2012
Table 22 – Fixed-lines, by operator – 2008 - 2012
Table 23 – RomTelecom revenue – 2005 - 2012
Table 24 – RomTelecom fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 25 – RomTelecom broadband and TV subscribers – 2011 - 2012
Table 26 – Historical – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2000 - 2004
Table 27 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2005 - 2013
Table 28 – Fixed lines in service by altnets – 2010 - 2012
Table 29 – Total international Internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 – Telecom market value (RON) – 2006 – 2013
Chart 2 – Wholesale lines available, by type – 2008 - 2010
Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2013
Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview

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