Romania’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (ANC), says the country saw the highest mobile penetration rate growth of any European Union (EU) country last year. The watchdog says the country’s penetration rate for cellular services rose by 25.5 percentage points to 106.2%, with more and more users now signing up for multiple mobile phone accounts to take advantage of special offers on individual tariffs. The ANC says that around 26% of the population in urban areas now has two mobile phones, while 9% has three handsets. Romania was home to almost 23 million cellular subscribers at the end of 2007, giving it the seventh largest mobile market in the EU in terms of activated SIM cards. The market growth is continuing into 2008; 1.8 million new customers were added in the first half of the year, the regulator says. More information on the Romanian mobile sector can be found in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.