Telekom fined for non-fulfilment of voice coverage obligation

15 Jan 2021

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has fined Telekom Romania Mobile Communications RON700,000 (USD143,475) for non-fulfilment of its spectrum licence obligation to provide mobile voice coverage to at least 98% of the country’s population. The regulator’s most recent monitoring survey conducted between August and December 2020 found that all four of the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) increased their voice services footprint last year. Orange Romania’s mobile voice services covered 98.27% of the country’s population in 2020, compared with 97.81% the previous year, Vodafone Romania achieved 98.16% coverage (up from 97.76% in 2019), RCS&RDS (DIGI) 98.02% (2019: 95.42%) and Telekom Romania Mobile Communications 97.25% (2019: 96.63%). 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.