ANCOM fines mobile operators for non-fulfilment of coverage obligations

8 Jan 2020

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has fined RCS&RDS (DIGI), Telekom Romania Mobile Communications, Vodafone Romania and Orange Romania a total of RON1.61 million (USD373,693) for failing to respect their obligation to provide mobile voice coverage to at least 98% of the country’s population. The regulator’s survey conducted between May and September 2019 determined that Orange Romania covered 97.81% of the total population, Vodafone Romania 97.76%, Telekom Romania 96.53% and RCS&RDS 95.42%. As a result, RCS&DCS received a sanction of RON800,000, Telekom Romania RON700,000, Vodafone RON60,000 and Orange RON50,000. Under the terms of their radio spectrum licences, Orange, Vodafone and Telekom Mobile were obliged to cover at least 98% of the population with voice services through their own radio access network by 5 April 2017, and RCS&RDS by 5 April 2019.