Romania’s fourth 3G licence holder has paid the first instalment of its USD35 million licence fee and says it plans to launch services by the end of this year. Zapp (formerly Telemobil) was awarded one of the two remaining 3G concessions last October; the other licence was acquired by cable operator RCS&RDS, which also plans to launch its first services this year. Zapp currently offers data-only 3G services over its CDMA450 system, but is keen to roll out a full 3G network. Cellular operators Orange and MobiFon-Vodafone also hold 3G concessions, which they won in 2004. Both operators have had commercial UMTS services up and running for some time.