Romanian alternative telcos make gains

19 Oct 2005

Romanian regulator, the ANRC, has reported that the number of telephony subscribers to alternative fixed line networks rose by approximately 300% in the first half of 2005 to reach 165,349 at the end of June, representing a market share of 3.86%. Overall, the alternative telcos reported 185,323 subscribers; the total number of subscribers to fixed telephone services in the country reached 4,350,807, the vast majority – 4,165,484 – served by incumbent RomTelecom.

At the end of June 2005, the ANRC reported 63 alternative providers operating in the electronic communications market, 24 of which offered services to business and residential users through their own networks. 42 of the alternative companies offered telephony services, via other providers’ networks, to 19,974 subscribers. The number of companies providing fixed-mobile services increased from 17 at the end of 2004 to 24 at mid-2005.