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Romania Telecom Report - H1, 2014

  • June 2014
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  • Emerging Markets Direct Media Holdings
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  • 15 pages

This report covers the market developments in FY 2013 and the data available as of June 2014



The statistical indicators on the Romanian telecom sector's performance in 2013 show that i. the market remains stable, compared to past yearand ii. despite the challenging market environment and rising competition, there is still enough room for growth -- particularly on the internet segment.



The largest telecom operators managed to record annual increase (albeit slight) of revenues in 2013, despite demand-side, regulatory and competition-related deterrents during the year. No official data were released on telecom service revenues in 2013, yet given the major players' financial results last year, it is likely that the telecom market increased marginally y/y in 2013.



Mobile voice services witnessed a slight recovery in the number of active users in 2013, while the voice traffic continued to increase last year.



Fixed voice services managed to attract more customers in 2013, but the traffic volume remained weak y/y, indicating that the positive performance in terms of customer base probably reflects the rising popularity of bundled offers rather than a rebound of interest in fixed telephony.



Data services segment kept accelerated expansion pace in 2013. The number of subscribers surged by 34.7% y/y to 13.6mn in 2013, backed by the 58.2 y/y rise of mobile subscriptions or dedicated extra-option connections, while the fixed broadband internet connections advanced by 7.1% y/y. The segment has enough room for further growth, as internet usage in Romania remains below the EU average, despite the dynamic growth in the recent years.



Key points:

oRevenues from mobile communication services increase marginally y/y in 2013

oMobile voice traffic, customer base up in 2013

oBundled services keep gaining ground in 2013

oMobile broadband connections surge by 34.7% y/y last year

oRomtelecom, Cosmote to re-brand under Deutsche Telekom label

oMedia company Antena TV secures rights to launch cable, IPTV services

oState-owned Radiocom prepares to launch internet, telephony, TV offer

Table Of Contents

Romania Telecom Report - H1, 2014
Executive summary4

Market overview5

Revenues from mobile communication services increase marginally y/y in 20135

Mobile telephony traffic, customer base up y/y in 20135

Fixed telephony services attract more customers, but voice traffic is still lower y/y6

Bundled services keep gaining grounds in 20137

Pay TV services continue upwards in 20138

Broadband internet penetration remains below EU average in 20138

Fixed-line broadband connections rise 7.1% to 3.8mn in 20139

Mobile broadband connections surge 34.7% y/y last year9

Retail sales of telecom equipment reach EUR 472mn last year- study10

Corporate news11

Revenues, subscriber base of Orange Romania up y/y in Q1/201411

Vodafone to focus mobile data services, expanding fixed network12

Service revenues of Vodafone Romania up y/y in quarter ending Mar 201412

Romtelecom, Cosmote to re-brand under Deutsche Telekom label13

Romtelecom's sales revenues up y/y in Q1/2014, profitability continues to deteriorate13

UPC Romania to expand triple-pay customer base, mulls entering mobile segment14

UPC reports higher broadband, telephony customer base in Q1/201414

RCSandRDS denies rumours of being taken over by Vodafone15

RCSandRDS reportedly close to selling its operations in Czech Republic15

Media company Antena TV secures rights to launch cable, IPTV services15

Radiocom to launch internet, telephony, TV offer15



Table 1 Top telecom companies - Selective financials in 2012-2013 (RON mn, EUR mn, y/y)5

Table 2 Mobile telephony selective indicators in 2011-2013 (eop, half-year, y/y)6

Table 3 Fixed telephony: Number of lines and penetration degree in 2011-2013 (eop)7

Table 4 Bundled services- Selective indicators in 2011-20138

Table 5 Pay TV: Selective indicators in 2011-2013 (eop, half-year)8

Table 6 Internet: Fixed broadband connections by support type in 2011-2013 (mn, y/y)9

Table 7 Internet: Number of fixed broadband Internet connections and penetration rate in 2011-20139

Table 8 Internet: Number of mobile broadband connections by connection and service type in 2011-2013 (mn)10

Table 9 Telecommunications equipment sales in 2013 (EUR mn)11

Table 10 Vodafone Romania- Selective data on customer base in 2011/2012-2013/2014 fiscal years13

Table 11 UPC Romania - Number of customers in 2012-2014 (eop)14



Figure 1 Mobile telephony voice traffic (excluding roaming) in 2011-2013 (bn minutes)6

Figure 2 Mobile telephony: Number of users and penetration degree in 2011-2013 (eop)6

Figure 3 Fixed telephony: Number of lines and subcribers in 2010-2013 (eop, mn)7

Figure 4 Fixed and mobile telephony penetration degree in 2011-2013 (eop, half-year)7

Figure 5 Internet: Mobile broadband connections penetration rate in 2011-201310

Figure 6 Orange Romania- Overall ARPU in 2008-2014 (EUR, annual rolling)11

Figure 7 Orange Romania- Number of customers in 2008-2014 (mn, eop)12

Figure 8 Vodafone Romania- ARPU in 2011/2012-2013/2014 fiscal years (EUR)13

Figure 9 Romtelecom- Selective financial data in 2009-2013 (EUR mn)14


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