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Telecommunication industry in Romania - Statistics & Facts

The telecommunication industry in Romania developed significantly over the last 20 years, providing the country with one of the best infrastructures for mobile and fixed data. The telecommunication market proved itself, especially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when the entire infrastructure was tested after the country entered in a state of emergency as of March 2020, followed by a state of alert in May 2020. In other words, millions of students and employees were depending on the telecommunication industry, specifically on the ability of their providers to implement the best telephony connection and internet speed necessary to carry out the home-office workload.


Telecommunication providers in Romania

In 2019, the annual revenues of telecommunication service providers in Romania accounted for 1.56 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The most important telecommunications provider in 2019 was Orange Romania, with a turnover worth nearly six billion Romanian lei, followed by Vodafone Romania, RCS&RDS and Telekom. The acquisition of UPC Romania by the Vodafone Group in July 2019 allowed Vodafone to be one of the most dominant telecommunication providers in the country. However, the most important transaction in the telecommunication industry was confirmed in November 2020. Simply put, by the end of next year, Orange Romania will take over 54 percent of the shares of Telekom Romania Communications.
When it comes to fixed telephony service providers based on the number of subscribers, Telekom Romania was the leading provider as of December 2019, with a market share of 40 percent. Nevertheless, Telekom ranked third in the matter of mobile services, with Orange remaining the main mobile service provider based on the number of active SIM cards. The cable internet market on the other hand is dominated by RCS&RDS.


Internet connection and services

Mobile internet connections have increased rapidly, and they now represent the vast majority of internet connections. By the end of 2019, around 60 percent of active mobile internet connections in Romania were 4G. Meanwhile, the focus of the previous mentioned providers for 2020 is on 5G technology. Although the project is still under development, Vodafone, Digi and Orange have already launched 5G connections in some of the biggest cities in Romania, including Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, and Constanta.


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