3G operators meet rollout obligations

29 Jul 2008

Romania’s telecoms regulator ANRCTI has revealed that the country’s two newest 3G licensees have complied with the first stage coverage requirements of their concessions. RCS&RDS and Zapp/Telemobil were awarded 3G licences in October 2006. RCS&RDS was required to have coverage of 176 towns and 2,400km of highways by 30 June 2008, while Zapp had committed to having coverage of 19 towns and 1,900km of roads by the same date. By the end of the second stage on 31 December 2009, RCS&RDS is committed to covering an additional 1,400km of highways and Zapp must cover 43 towns and 2,000km of roads. RCS&RDS launched its 3G network in December last year, while Zapp began offering services in June 2008. Two other firms, Vodafone and Orange, both have well-established 3G networks in Romania which were launched in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Romania, RCS&RDS (DIGI), Zapp (Romania)