The general manager of RomTelecom is expecting Romania’s telecoms market to continue growing in 2009, despite the global financial crisis. Yorgos Ioannidis says some impact may be felt with low-income users struggling to retain fixed line connections, though the market will continue to increase. The total communications market in Romania grew by around 17% last year, Ioannidis says in a report from ACT Media News Agency. ‘Telecommunications are a necessity. We may feel pressure on margins from consumers, and because Romania is one of the countries with the lowest ARPU [average revenue per user], this will be difficult. Some may not be able to afford a landline phone subscription, but they will choose other ways of communicating,’ he said.