Vodafone Romania, the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has revealed it deployed over 700 LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) between March 2020 and June 2021, ensuring approximately 150,000 inhabitants in 158 rural localities can access mobile voice and data services. According to a press release, the operator now provides coverage to 96% of the rural population, offering access to fixed and mobile voice and internet services in some of the most isolated communities in Romania. The company also expanded its fixed network in 21,000 rural locations over the same period.
Catalin Buliga, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone Romania, commented: ‘Romania’s digitalisation means equal access to digital infrastructure and services for both urban and rural residents. Connecting rural communities, including the most isolated ones, is essential for the development of society as a whole by reducing the digital divide. One of the pillars of our mission is precisely this ambition to contribute to the creation of a society in which no one is left in the lurch. Therefore, one of our priorities in achieving this goal is to expand Vodafone networks, especially in those areas not yet reached by communications services. We rely on the most efficient mobile data network in Romania and on a high-quality fixed network to ensure access to communication services and for these isolated communities.’