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Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Romania

Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Romania

RomTelecom prepares for next attempt at privatisation as well as a rebrand

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 introduced 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. They and the incumbent RomTelecom have invested in network capacity upgrades to accommodate customer demand for improved broadband services.

The mobile telecom market is served by five network operators utilising a mixture of technologies. High penetration has stymied further growth in the voice market though mobile data has considerable growth potential in coming years, fostered by investments by MNOs in network capacity as also in widening the reach of their LTE services. Competition has encouraged these providers to make services increasingly affordable.

Key developments:

RomTelecom to be renamed under Deutsche Telekom’s T- brand; government makes third attempt to sell its 46% stake in RomTelecom; weakened currency contributing to decline in telecom market revenue; legislation passed to facilitate access to telco infrastructure; RomTelecom unites services under the Dolce brand; Vodafone launches its M-Pesa mobile banking service; RCS&RDS upgrades its mobile broadband speeds; regulator reduces fixed-line and mobile termination rates; Cosmote launches commercial LTE service; Ministry of Defence encouraged to release 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum for commercial LTE; regulator auctions 4G frequencies; regulator awards licences for three multiplexes; UPC to extend 200Mb/s service across the network by end-2014; RCS&RDS launches 1Gb/s service; government secures €84 million EU funding to extend broadband to unconnected areas of the country; low rural PC use holds up broadband take-up; updates include the regulator’s 2013 market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2014; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies and subsidiaries covered in this report include:

RCS & RDS, UPC Romania, GTS Telecom, RomTelecom, SN Radiocomunicatii, DigiTV, Boom TV, Dolce, Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, Cosmote Romania, DigiMobil, Telemobil.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • ECONOMIC BACKGROUND
    • OVERVIEW OF ROMANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market revenue (RON) - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telecom market revenue (€) - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Telecom market investment (RON) - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Revenue change (from base price) for telecom services - 2006 - 2010
      • Table Revenue by telecom sector - 2011 - 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • OVERVIEW
      • EU regulatory framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN ROMANIA
      • Privatisation
      • Access
        • Table Wholesale lines available, by type - 2008 - 2010
      • Interconnect
        • Table Network interconnection rates - 2006 - 2009
      • Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
        • Table CS and CPS providers, fixed network - 2008 - 2013
        • Table CS and CPS lines - 2008 - 2013
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Annual fixed number portings - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Fixed number portings as share of total lines- 2008 - 2013
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Fixed-line market share by traffic - 2008 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line market share by subscribers - 2008 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-lines, by operator - 2008 - 2012
    • ROMTELECOM
      • Table RomTelecom fixed-line revenue - 2005 - 2014
      • Table RomTelecom fixed-line telephony subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Table RomTelecom broadband and TV subscribers - 2011 - 2014
    • ALTERNATIVE OPERATORS
      • RCS&RDS
      • UPC
      • GTS Telecom
      • SN Radiocomunicatii (Radiocom)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) - 2000 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) - 2005 - 2014
      • RomTelecom
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international Internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2012
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • ROMANIA'S EMERGING INTERNET SOCIETY
      • E-government
    • E-HEALTH
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed broadband traffic - 2011 - 2013
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2014
    • GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
    • FIXED BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed broadband providers by access type - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2015
      • Table Internet access revenue - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed - 2011 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed - 2011 - 2013
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table UPC Romania broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers by access type - 2008 - 2013
    • ASYMMETRIC DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table RomTelecom broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
    • LOCAL AREA NETWORKS (LANS)
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers by type - 2011 - 2012
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
        • Table WiFi hotspot locations - 2008 - 2013
      • WiMAX
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband connections - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Mobile broadband penetration by connection type - 2010 - 2012
      • Table Mobile broadband traffic - 2011 - 2013
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Table Revenue from audiovisual services - 2008 - 2013
    • BUSINESS MODELS - BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Bundled service subscribers by type - 2011 - 2012
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Table Digital TV subscribers by platform - 2009 - 2013
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Cable TV providers - 2011 - 2013
        • Table CATV subscribers, analogue and digital - 2008 - 2014
        • Table UPC Romania - homes passed - 2006 - 2014
        • Table UPC Romania - subscribers by service type - 2006 - 2014
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table RomTelecom (Dolce) TV subscribers - 2007 - 2014
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF ROMANIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Overview of spectrum allocations
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2008 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third Generation (3G) licences
      • 410MHz licence awarded
      • 450MHz band
      • 900MHz band
      • Multi-band spectrum auctions
        • Table Multi-spectrum auction results - 2012
        • Table Multi-spectrum auction results - spectrum allocation - 2012
      • 2.5GHz band
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2008 - 2013
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs - 2008 - 2014
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Table Overview of mobile technologies by operator
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Vodafone
        • Table Vodafone subscribers and voice minutes - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Vodafone ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Vodafone revenue - 2009 - 2013
      • Orange
        • Table Orange subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Orange annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Orange mobile service revenue - 2008 - 2014
      • Cosmote Romania/Cosmorom
        • Table Cosmote Romania mobile financial data - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Cosmote Romania subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Cosmote Romania ARPU - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Zapp subscribers - 2009 - 2010
      • DigiMobil
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid services
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Prepaid cards in service - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Cosmote Romania prepaid subscribers - 2008 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total MMS messages sent - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2005 - 2014
        • Table SMS messages sent per subscriber - 2010 - 2013
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Orange World
      • M-ticketing
      • M-banking
  • FORECASTS
    • FIXED BROADBAND FORECASTS - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • stronger broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • slower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020

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