Romania was one of the first European countries where telecom operators launched 4G. The first steps have been made, but what can we expect next in terms of investments, coverage and services? Guest speakers Gheorghe Rusen, director, Economic Regulation Division, ANCOM, Markus Lause, chief commercial officer, Vodafone Romania, Florin Popa, business director, Orange Romania, Florin Petolea, country senior officer, Alcatel-Lucent Romania will debate this issue and more during the first session of Focus on Telecom, organized by Business Review on November 25 at Athenee Palace Hilton, Regina Maria Hall.
This includes the impact of decreasing roaming and termination tariffs on the telecom market, the operators’ investment plans in new infrastructure and technologies, new streams of revenue for telecom operators and value-added services.
Romanian telecom watchdog ANCOM has put up for public consultation the prospect of lower tariffs for termination rates. From January 1, 2014, the maximum termination rates for fixed calls would drop from 0.67 euro cents per minute to 0.15 euro cents per minute. The maximum termination rates for mobile calls would decrease from 3.07 eurocents to 0.86 eurocents per minute.
If adopted, these maximum termination rates would have to be implemented by the 51 providers of fixed telephony and six providers of mobile telephony services. This measure is a cause for concern for mobile companies, who feel the extent of their investment could be affected, if they lose an important share of their revenues.
The second session involves guest speakers Catalin Cretu, general manager, Visa Romania, Daniel Nicolescu, country manager, Pay U, Vlad Mihalache, M2M business lead, Enterprise Business Unit, Vodafone, Dragos Stanca, managing partner, THINKDIGITAL, Bogdan Balaci, CEO, Ymens, Andreea Paun, associate director – Office Agency, Colliers International Romania and Karim Kheirat, associate director, KPMG Romania who will discuss on the increasing importance of big data in driving business success, the advantages and limits of cloud computing adoption and the way M2M implementation will change the life of the consumer.