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Romania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Romania - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Romania's mobile market is served by four network operators, three of which are the local subsidiaries of the major regional players Vodafone Group, Orange Group and Deutsche Telekom. Penetration rates are average for the region though the number of subscribers has fallen in recent years as fewer customers opt for multiple SIM card ownership. Mobile broadband growth has been strong following network investments which have extended the reach of LTE services.

One of the largest broadband players, UPC Romania, was acquired by Vodafone Group in May 2018 in a development which will greatly expand the convergence ambitions of Vodafone Romania. Other MNOs which have expanded into the fixed-line market include Orange Romania through a network sharing deal with Telekom Romania. By March 2018 Orange Romania's broadband services were available to more than 2.4 million premises across the country.

This report provides a concise overview of Romania's growing mobile market, covering market developments, as well as profiling the major operators and offering a variety of financial and performance statistics. It also provides an update on spectrum auctions and regulatory developments.

Key developments:

Regulator outlines strategies for multiple spectrum award;
Vodafone Romania trials NB-IoT;
Digi Mobil seeks collaboration with MNOs for 5G development;
Operators secure spectrum in the 3.4GHz band;
Vodafone Romania's Supernet 4G+ service upgraded to provide data at up to 800Mb/s;
MNOs fined for failing on coverage obligations;
Orange Romania invests 500 million in its Romanian networks;
Lycamobile launches services as an MVNO;
Vodafone expands fixed-line voice and broadband offerings, acquires UPC Romania;
Telekom Romania Mobile expands LTE service;
Ministry of Defence encouraged to release 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum for LTE use;
MNOs expand m-ticketing functionalities;
Regulator's 4G frequency auction brings in 682 million;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, Telekom Romania (Cosmote Romania), Digi Mobil, Telemobil.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.1.1 UMTS (3G) licences
4.1.2 410MHz
4.1.3 900MHz
4.1.4 Multi-band auction - 2012
4.1.5 Multi-band auction - 2018
4.1.6 3400MHz-3800MHz
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.4 Roaming
4.5 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 3G
5.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2.3 5G developments
5.3 NB-IoT
5.4 Major mobile operators
5.4.1 Vodafone Romania
5.4.2 Orange Romania
5.4.3 Telekom Romania Mobile (formerly Cosmote Romania)
5.4.4 Digi Mobil
5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Aggregators (MVNAs)
6. Mobile content and applications
6.1.1 M-ticketing
6.1.2 M-banking
7. Related reports
Table 1 Historic Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 3 Mobile market revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 4 Historic - Mobile market investment 2005 - 2012
Table 5 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 6 Prepaid cards in service 2009 - 2017
Table 7 Vodafone prepaid subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 8 Telekom Romania prepaid subscribers 2008 2017
Table 9 Mobile network (terminated) traffic 2009 - 2017
Table 10 Total MMS messages sent 2008 - 2017
Table 11 Total SMS messages sent 2005 - 2017
Table 12 SMS messages sent per subscriber 2010 - 2017
Table 13 Active mobile internet and broadband connections 2008 - 2017
Table 14 Active mobile internet and broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2017
Table 15 Mobile broadband traffic 2011 - 2017
Table 16 Mobile broadband penetration by connection type 2010 2017
Table 17 Multi-spectrum auction results 2012
Table 18 Multi-spectrum auction results spectrum allocation 2012
Table 19 Mobile number portings 2008 - 2017
Table 21 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 22 International roaming traffic 2012 - 2017
Table 23 Overview of provider services by technology 2017
Table 24 Vodafone Romania subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 25 Vodafone Romania voice traffic 2008 - 2016
Table 26 Vodafone Romania mobile data traffic 2015 - 2018
Table 27 Vodafone Romania ARPU 2008 - 2018
Table 28 Historic - Vodafone Romania revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 29 Vodafone Romania mobile service revenue 2014 - 2018
Table 30 Orange Romania subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 31 Orange Romania blended ARPU 2008 - 2017
Table 32 Orange Romania revenue 2011 - 2018
Table 33 Telekom Romania mobile financial data 2006 - 2018
Table 34 Telekom Romania mobile financial data by quarter 2015 - 2018
Table 35 Telekom Romania mobile subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 36 Telekom Romania Mobile Romania ARPU 2006 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 2 Vodafone Romania ARPU 2008 2018

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