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Romania's mobile communications market is served by five mobile network operators utilising a mixture of GSM, 3G and 4G technologies. Penetration rates are high as a result of multiple SIM-card ownership. Mobile broadband growth has been strong following network investments which have extended the reach of LTE services. Technologies adopted by the network operators have pushed mobile broadband to data rates at up to 375Mb/s, while the average mobile data rate reached 28Mb/s as of September 2016. There is effective competition among the MNOs, while a growing number of MVNOs add to the mix: one of the largest broadband players, UPC Romania, planned to launch as an MVNO in 2018. MNOs have also expanded into the fixed-line market: through a network sharing deal with Telekom Romania, Orange Romania provides bundled services to its subscribers, and in late 2016 the company launched FttP services offering data at up to 1Gb/s.
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.
Digi Mobil launches LTE services in the 2100MHz band; operators secure spectrum in the 3.4GHz band; 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 to retail customers; Telekom Romania Mobile launches commercial LTE service; Ministry of Defence encouraged to release 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum for LTE use; UPC Romania planning launch as an MVNO in 2018; MNOs expand m-ticketing functionalities; regulator auctions 4G frequencies, bringing in 682 million; report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2016, telco's operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, Telekom Romania (Cosmote Romania), Digi Mobil, Telemobil.
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