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Romania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Romania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Market Study
Published: December 2016
Pages: 74
Research from: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd.
Sector: Broadband & Fixed

From: GBP 469.00
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This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Romania’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media 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;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Romania’s average fixed-line broadband speed broaches 100Mb/s

Romania’s fixed-line telecoms market is evolving under the weight of competition and technological change. The implementation of EU Directives opened the telecoms market to competition and brought about a regulatory framework designed to foster effective competition. Alternative operators now off a range of competing services in all market segments, and in mid-2016 had a majority share of fixed-lines in service.

The broadband market benefits from effective infrastructure-based competition. A focus on fibre-based services has seen the country’s fibre sector become one of the strongest in Europe. By mid-2016 about 94% of all fixed broadband lines were on some sort of fibre-based infrastructure. As a result, the country has one of the highest FttP penetration rates in the region, and by November 2016 the average broadband download speed broached 100Mb/s.

Increasing broadband take up has also fostered the development of Romania’s internet society, encompassing e-commerce, e-government and e-health. Digital TV is available via cable TV, satellite and digital terrestrial TV, with the satellite-based digital pay-TV operators instrumental in driving digital TV uptake. DTTV developments are progressing following the approval of a DTTV migration strategy.

Romania’s mobile market is served by five mobile network operators utilising a mixture of GSM, 3G and 4G technologies. 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 operators, 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. In late 2016 the company launched FttP services offering data at up to 1Gb/s.

This report analyses Romania’s developing telecommunications market, covering regulatory developments, the major players and fixed-line infrastructure. The report also covers the broadband and digital media markets, covering the technologies, the major players and market developments. In addition, the report reviews the fast moving 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.

Key developments:

  • Telecom regulator removes wholesale internet access obligations;
  • Legislation passed to facilitate access to telco infrastructure and public spaces;
  • Government proposes 1% teleco tax on pay TV and broadband services;
  • Average broadband download speed broaches 100Mb/s;
  • Orange Romania offering 1Gb/s FttP services;
  • UPC Romania launches free shared Wi-Fi network for subscribers;
  • Telekom Romania launches 1Gb/s FttP service in 13 cities;
  • Vodafone Romania partners with Netflix to provide content through its mobile videostreaming service;
  • RCS&RDS launches 1Gb/s offer;
  • 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;
  • Telekom Romania Mobile extends LTE service;
  • UPC Romania planning launch as an MVNO in 2018;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

 Companies mentioned in this report:

RCS&RDS, UPC Romania, GTS T

elecom, Telekom Romania (Cosmote Romania), SN Radiocomunicatii, DigiTV, Boom TV, Dolce, Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, Digi Mobil, Telemobil.

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historic overview
      • 3.1.1 EU regulatory framework
      • 3.1.2 Revised NFR
    • 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 Communications (RomTelecom)
    • 4.3 Alternative operators
      • 4.3.1 RCS&RDS
      • 4.3.2 UPC Romania
      • 4.3.3 GTS Telecom
      • 4.3.4 SN Radiocomunicatii (Radiocom)
  • 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
  • 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 – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Overview of digital media
    • 7.2 Business models – bundled services
    • 7.3 Digital TV
      • 7.3.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 7.3.2 Videostreaming
      • 7.3.3 Cable TV (CATV)
      • 7.3.4 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
    • 7.4 Communications: VoIP
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 E-government
      • 8.1.1 Infrastructure
    • 8.2 E-health
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Licensing
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 9.3.5 Roaming
      • 9.3.6 Network sharing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Analogue networks
      • 9.4.2 Digital networks
      • 9.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 9.4.4 Major mobile operators
      • 9.4.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 9.4.6 Mobile Virtual Network Aggregators (MVNAs)
    • 9.5 Mobile content and applications
    • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
    • Table 7 – Telecom market revenue – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 8 – Telecom market investment – 2005 - 2014
    • Table 9 – Telecom market investment (US$) – 2006 - 2014
    • Table 10 – Fixed-line traffic – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 11 – CS and CPS providers, fixed network – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 12 – CS and CPS lines – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 13 – Annual fixed number portings – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Fixed-line market share by subscribers – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Fixed-lines, by operator – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 16 – Telekom Romania fixed-line revenue – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Telekom Romania fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 18 – Telekom Romania broadband and TV subscribers – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Alternative operator fixed lines– 2012 - 2016
    • Table 20 – Alternative operator fixed-line subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 21 – Historical – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2000 - 2009
    • Table 22 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity (by population) – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 23 – Fixed-line subscribers – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 24 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2015
    • Table 25 – Fixed broadband penetration, urban and rural – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 26 – Fixed broadband penetration of households, urban and rural – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 27 – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 28 – Fixed broadband traffic – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 29 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 30 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 31 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 32 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 33 – Fixed broadband providers by access type – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 34 – Fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 35 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 36 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 37 – Internet retail revenue by type– 2013 - 2015
    • Table 38 – Internet revenue by type (retail and wholesale) – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 39 – Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed (Mb/s) – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 40 – Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed (Mb/s) – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 41 – Proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 42 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 43 – UPC Romania broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 44 – Cable broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 45 – Telecom Romania broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 46 – Fibre broadband subscribers by type – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 47 – Wi-Fi hotspot locations – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 48 – Revenue from audiovisual services – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 49 – Bundled service subscribers by type – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 50 – Digital TV subscribers by platform – 2009 – 2016
    • Table 51 – Digital TV penetration by platform – 2013 – 2016
    • Table 52 – IPTV subscribers – 2008 – 2016
    • Table 53 – Cable TV providers – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 54 – CATV subscribers, analogue and digital – 2008 – 2014
    • Table 55 – UPC Romania – homes passed – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 56 – UPC Romania – subscribers by service type – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 57 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2008 – 2016
    • Table 58 – Telecom Romania (Dolce) TV subscribers – 2007 – 2016
    • Table 59 – VoIP connections – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 60 – Historic – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
    • Table 61 – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 2010 – 2017
    • Table 62 – Mobile market revenue – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 63 – Mobile market investment – 2005 - 2012
    • Table 64 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 65 – Prepaid cards in service – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 66 – Vodafone prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2015
    • Table 67 – Telekom Romania prepaid subscribers – 2008 – 2016
    • Table 68 – Mobile network (terminated) traffic – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 69 – Active mobile internet and broadband connections – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 70 – Active mobile internet and broadband connections by technology – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 71 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 72 – Mobile broadband penetration by connection type – 2010 – 2016
    • Table 73 – Total MMS messages sent – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 74 – Total SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 75 –SMS messages sent per subscriber – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 76 – Multi-spectrum auction results – 2012
    • Table 77 – Multi-spectrum auction results – spectrum allocation – 2012
    • Table 78 – Mobile number portings – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 79 – MTRs – 2008 - 2014
    • Table 80 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
    • Table 81 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 82 – International roaming traffic – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 83 – Overview of provider services by technology – 2016
    • Table 84 – Vodafone Romania subscribers– 2008 - 2016
    • Table 85 – Vodafone Romania voice traffic– 2008 - 2016
    • Table 86 – Vodafone Romania ARPU – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 87 – Vodafone Romania revenue – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 88 – Vodafone Romania mobile service revenue – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 89 – Orange Romania subscribers – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 90 – Orange Romania blended ARPU – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 91 – Orange Romania revenue – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 92 – Telekom Romania Mobile financial data – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 93 – Telekom Romania Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 94 – Telekom Romania Mobile Romania ARPU – 2006 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2017
    • Chart 3 – Fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 – 2016
    • Chart 4 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2017
    • Chart 5 – UPC – subscribers by service type – 2006 – 2016
    • Chart 6 – Mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 7 – Vodafone Romania ARPU – 2008 – 2016
    • Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
    • Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
    • Exhibit 3 – Overview of digital media

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