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Intellinews - Romania Telecom Sector Report - June 2013

  • June 2013
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  • Emerging Markets Direct Media Holdings
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  • 16 pages

The statistical indicators on the Romanian telecom sector’s performance in 2012 show that the market stabilised in comparison to the first years of crisis and that there is enough room for growth particularly on the internet segment, despite the challenging market environment.

The reduction of interconnection fees for mobile telephony, alongside the price war amid tightening competition ate into the revenues of the telecom operators. The largest mobile players reported revenue decline of x-x% y/y in 2012 (in EUR terms). No official data were released on telecom service revenues in 2012, yet given the major players’ financial results last year and the performance of the sector in H1 (up by 3.5% y/y in local currency, minus x.x% y/y in EUR terms), it is likely that the telecom market shrank moderately y/y in 2012.

Mobile and fixed telephony recorded annual decline in the number of users in 2012. However, for mobile telephony the customer base recovered slightly in H2. Mobile voice and message traffic continued to increase last year, while on the fixed telephony segment both traffic and number of users maintained on downward path.

The internet services segment kept accelerated expansion pace in 2012. The number of mobile broadband connections surged by xx.x% y/y to 7.1mn in 2012, backed by the 85.6% y/y rise of prepaid card connections, while the fixed broadband internet connections advanced by x.x% y/y. The segment has enough room for further growth, as despite the strong growth in the recent years, internet usage in Romania remains below the EU average. Approximately 48% of the population has never used internet services, vs 22% EU average, while the rate of regular internet use (at least once per week) neared xx% of the population in 2012, much below the xx% European average.

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Intellinews - Romania Telecom Sector Report - June 2013
Executive summary

Market overview
Mobile telephony traffic up y/y in 2012, customer base starts recovering in H2
Fixed telephony services continue losing grounds in 2012
Number of users of bundled services surges 70% y/y in 2012
Pay TV services increase for all means of transmission in 2012
ARPU of cable operators forecasted to increase 4% in 2012-2017
Fixed-line broadband connections rise 7.9% to 3.5mn in 2012
Mobile broadband connections surge 67.8% y/y last year
Internet penetration remains among lowest in EU, despite rapid increase in recent years
Retail sales of telecom equipment reaches EUR 209mn last year- study
Telecom authority to issue five digital TV licences by June 2015

Corporate news
Court confirms EUR 28.5mn fine against Vodafone, waives EUR 35mn fine for Orange
Orange launches TV services in June
Orange to invest in network development this year
Revenues of Orange Romania down y/y in Q1/2013, affected by regulatory measures
Vodafone gets EUR 100mn tranche from EIB loan for investments in Romania, Turkey
Vodafone Romania's revenues shrink y/y in quarter ending Mar 2013
Deutsche Telekom to merge Romanian subsidiaries Romtelecom, Cosmote
Cosmote launches LTE services in April
UPC Romania's customer base down y/y in Q1/2013
Shareholders of cable operator RCSandRDS approve EUR 800mn loan
RCSandRDS sells Slovak, Croatian branches



List of Tables

Table 1 Mobile telephony: Number of subscribers and prepaid users in 2010-2012 (eop, mn)
Table 2 Fixed telephony: Number of lines and penetration degree in 2009-2012 (eop)
Table 3 Bundled services- Selective indicators in 2011-2012
Table 4 Pay TV: Selective indicators in 2009-2012
Table 5 Internet: Fixed broadband connections by support type in 2010-2012 (mn)
Table 6 Internet: Number of fixed broadband Internet connections and penetration rate in 2010-2012
Table 7 Internet: Number of mobile broadband connections by service type and connection in 2010-2012 (mn)
Table 8 Telecommunications equipment sales in 2012 (EUR mn)
Table 9 UPC Romania - Number of customers in 2011-2013 (eop)



List of Figures

Figure 1 Fixed and mobile telephony penetration degree in 2009-2012
Figure 2 Mobile telephony: Number of users and penetration degree in 2009-2012
Figure 3 Fixed telephony: Number of lines and subcribers in 2010-2012 (eop, mn)
Figure 4 Broadband retail prices - Internet Access 4 to 8 MPs+ Fixed telephony, 2012
Figure 5 Internet: Broadband connections by connection type in 2010-2012 (mn)
Figure 6 Internet: Mobile broadband connections penetration rate in 2010-2012
Figure 7 Mobile broadband penetration- all active users, July 2012
Figure 8 Regular internet users in 2006-2012 (% of total individuals)
Figure 9 Individuals who have never used internet in 2006-2012 (% of total)
Figure 10 Orange Romania - Number of customers in 2008-2013 (mn, eop)
Figure 11 Orange Romania - Overall ARPU in 2008-2013 (EUR, annual rolling)
Figure 12 Romtelecom- Selective financial data in 2009-2012 (EUR mn)
Figure 13 Cosmote Romania- Selective financial data in 2009-2012 (EUR mn)

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