3G licences awarded

16 Oct 2006

Romania’s General Inspectorate for Communications and IT (IGCTI) has awarded the country’s remaining two 3G concessions to cable operator RCS&RDS and CDMA450 operator Zapp. Cosmote Romania and National Radio Communications (SNR) both entered the auction but failed to win licences, which were priced at USD35 million each. The dominant players in the Romanian mobile market, Vodafone and Orange, were awarded the country’s first pair of 3G concessions in November 2004. Vodafone launched its 3G service in mid-2005 while Orange switched on its own high speed network earlier this year.