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Romania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Oct 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 66 Pages

Romania’s telcos move further into multi-sector service offerings
Romania’s telecoms market continues to evolve under the influence of competition and technological change. Alternative operators have launched competing services in the liberalised fixed-line voice market, with cable TV operators such as UPC being particularly successful in attracting new customers. The market overall continues to evolve with operators expanding into the provision of multiple services. To this end Vodafone Group acquired Liberty Global’s local unit UPC Romania in May 2018, thus allowing Vodafone Romania to compete more effectively with the service offerings from orange Romania and telekom Romania. All operators are investing in network capacity upgrades in response to the shift towards offering IP-delivered content.

The broadband market benefits from effective infrastructure-based competition. The fibre sector has become one of the strongest in Europe in recent years, with a rapidly growing share of the fixed-line broadband market by subscriber lines. As a result, the country has one of the highest FttP penetration rates in the region, with about two-thirds of connections offering data above 100Mb/s.

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 this is partly attributed to customers opting to have multiple SIM cards. Mobile broadband growth has been strong following network investments which have extended the reach of LTE services.

This report provides an overview of Romania’s fast-developing telecommunications market, covering regulatory developments, major players and fixed-line infrastructure, and offering a variety of operational and financial statistics. The report also reviews the mobile market, covering technological developments as well as profiling the major operators and their strategies in a competitive and highly regulated environment. In addition, the report covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband segments.

Key developments:

  • Vodafone Romania signs fibre network access deal with Telekom Romania;
  • Two-thirds of fixed broadband connections accessing 100Mb/s or above;
  • NetCity to increase Bucharest open access fibre network to 2,100km by 2020;
  • Telekom Romania expanding 1Gb/s FttP offering;
  • RCS&RDS launches free shared Wi-Fi network for subscribers;
  • Liberty Global sells UPC Romania unit to Vodafone Group;
  • Orange Romania conducts FWA 5G network trials, anticipates 5G as fixed-line broadband replacement from 2020;
  • Regulator outlines strategies for multiple spectrum award, proposes 2019 date for 470-790MHz band auction;
  • Vodafone Romania trials NB-IoT;
  • Digi Mobil seeks collaboration with MNOs for 5G development;
  • MNOs expand m-ticketing functionalities;
  • Regulator adopts Action Plan 2018;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, State Statistics data for 2017, telco’s operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

UPC Romania, RCS&RDS (Digi Mobile), Telekom Romania (Cosmote Romania), Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, Telemobil, GTS Telecom, SN Radiocomunicatii

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Romania’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Table of Contents

1. Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Overview and statistics

3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.4 Privatisation
3.5 Access
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Carrier Selection and Carrier PreSelection
3.8 Number Portability (NP)

4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Telekom Romania

5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.1.1 Telekom Romania
5.1.2 Alternative operators
5.2 International infrastructure
5.3 Wholesale
5.4 Smart infrastructure

6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Government programs
6.1.3 Broadband statistics
6.1.4 Forecasts – fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Local Area Networks (LANs)
6.5.2 Fixed wireless
6.5.3 Videostreaming

7. Digital economy
7.1 E-government
7.1.1 Infrastructure
7.2 E-health

8. Mobile communications
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General statistics
8.3 Mobile infrastructure
8.3.1 Analogue networks
8.3.2 5G developments
8.3.3 4G (LTE)
8.3.4 3G
8.3.5 Other infrastructure developments
8.4 Mobile voice
8.5 Mobile data
8.5.1 SMS and MMS
8.6 Mobile broadband
8.7 Regulatory issues
8.7.1 Licensing
8.7.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.7.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
8.7.4 Roaming
8.7.5 Network sharing
8.7.6 Major mobile operators
8.7.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.7.8 Mobile Virtual Network Aggregators (MVNAs)
8.8 Mobile content and applications

List of Table

Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Romania – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Total telecom market revenue – 2013 - 2016
Table 3 – Fixed-line market revenue – 2014 - 2016
Table 4 – Fixed-line traffic – 2011 - 2017
Table 5 – CS and CPS providers, fixed network – 2008 - 2017
Table 6 – CS and CPS lines – 2008 - 2017
Table 7 – Annual fixed number portings – 2008 - 2017
Table 8 – Fixed-line market share by subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 9 – Fixed-lines in service, by operator – 2008 - 2017
Table 10 – Fixed-line subscribers – 2014 - 2018
Table 11 – Telekom Romania fixed-line revenue – 2005 - 2018
Table 12 – Telekom Romania fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2018
Table 13 – Telekom Romania broadband and TV subscribers – 2011 - 2018
Table 14 – Historical – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2000 - 2009
Table 15 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2010 - 2019
Table 16 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
Table 17 – Fixed broadband penetration, urban and rural – 2011 - 2017
Table 18 – Fixed broadband penetration of households, urban and rural – 2011 - 2017
Table 19 – Fixed broadband traffic – 2012 - 2017
Table 20 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
Table 21 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 22 – Fixed broadband providers by access type – 2008 - 2017
Table 23 – Fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2017
Table 24 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2017
Table 25 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
Table 26 – Internet revenue by type (retail and wholesale) – 2013 - 2016
Table 27 – Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed (Mb/s) – 2011 – 2017
Table 28 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed (Mb/s) – 2011 - 2017
Table 29 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 30 – UPC Romania broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
Table 31 – UPC Romania revenue – 2014 - 2017
Table 32 – Vodafone Romania fixed broadband subscribers – 2016 - 2018
Table 33 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
Table 34 – Orange Romania broadband subscribers – 2016 - 2018
Table 35 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
Table 36 – Telecom Romania broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
Table 37 – Fibre broadband subscribers by type – 2011 - 2017
Table 38 – Wi-Fi hotspot locations – 2008 - 2017
Table 39 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
Table 40 – IPTV subscribers – 2008 – 2017
Table 41 – Historic – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
Table 42 – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
Table 43 – Mobile market revenue – 2013 - 2016
Table 44 – Historic - Mobile market investment – 2005 - 2012
Table 45 – Ratio of active prepaid to active postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2017
Table 46 – Prepaid cards in service – 2009 - 2017
Table 47 – Vodafone prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2018
Table 48 – Telekom Romania prepaid subscribers – 2008 – 2018
Table 49 – Overview of provider services by technology – 2018
Table 50 – Mobile network (terminated) traffic – 2009 - 2017
Table 51 – Total MMS messages sent – 2008 - 2018
Table 52 – Total SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2018
Table 53 –SMS messages sent per subscriber – 2004 - 2017
Table 54 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 55 – Mobile internet and broadband connections by technology – 2012 - 2017
Table 56 – Proportion of mobile internet and broadband connections by technology – 2015 - 2017
Table 57 – Mobile internet connections via cards/USB – 2008 - 2017
Table 58 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2011 - 2017
Table 59 – Mobile broadband penetration by connection type – 2010 – 2017
Table 60 – Multi-spectrum auction results – 2012
Table 61 – Multi-spectrum auction results – spectrum allocation – 2012
Table 62 – Annual mobile number portings – 2008 - 2017
Table 63 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
Table 64 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
Table 65 – International roaming traffic – 2012 - 2017
Table 66 – Vodafone Romania voice traffic– 2008 - 2016
Table 67 – Vodafone Romania subscribers– 2008 - 2018
Table 68 – Vodafone Romania mobile data traffic– 2016 - 2018
Table 69 – Vodafone Romania ARPU – 2008 - 2018
Table 70 – Historic - Vodafone Romania revenue – 2009 - 2015
Table 71 – Vodafone Romania mobile service revenue – 2014 - 2018
Table 72 – Orange Romania subscribers – 2007 - 2018
Table 73 – Orange Romania blended ARPU – 2008 - 2017
Table 74 – Orange Romania revenue – 2011 - 2018
Table 75 – Telekom Romania mobile financial data – 2006 - 2018
Table 76 – Telekom Romania mobile financial data by quarter – 2015 - 2018
Table 77 – Telekom Romania mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2018
Table 78 – Telekom Romania Mobile Romania ARPU – 2006 - 2018

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Fixed-line traffic – 2011 – 2017
Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2019
Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
Chart 4 – Fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 – 2017
Chart 5 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 – 2017
Chart 6 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2018
Chart 7 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed (Mb/s) – 2011 – 2017
Chart 8 – Fibre broadband subscribers by type – 2011 – 2017
Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
Chart 10 – Vodafone Romania ARPU – 2008 – 2018
Exhibit 1 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview

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