Orange Romania recorded a turnover of EUR 265 million in the first quarter of the year, down 2 percent compared to the same period of 2018, mainly due to the change in interconnection tariffs for mobile voice calls (Mobile Termination Rates) and a slight drop in equipment sales.
On March 31, 2019, Orange Romania offered mobile, fixed and TV services to 10,693,300 customers, up 2.3 percent compared to the end of Q1 2018.
Fixed services continued positive developments in previous quarters. Thus, at the end of March, Orange Home TV’s cable and satellite service numbered over 519,000 customers, up 24 percent over Q1 2018, and fixed broadband services had 303,600 customers, up 44.6 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
Orange has continued to invest in infrastructure by offering access to 4G + connectivity in 432 new localities and cities since the beginning of 2019, including 439,000 inhabitants, so that at the end of March, 44.69 percent of the country’s population had access to speeds of up to 500 Mbps.
This 4G has been expanded so that at the end of the first quarter of the year it covered 96.9 percent of the country’s population and 100 percent of the urban population. Customers’ appetite for mobile data generated a 50 percent increase in consumption in Q1 2019 as compared to Q1 2018.
In January, Orange first introduced group-level HD Voice Plus technology that offers superior experience over 4G calls by using a dual-band audio frequency versus classic 4G call.
Mobile financial services
In early March 2019, Orange Money introduced Visa contactless, physical and virtual Visa debit cards, pay with NFC technology, and pay with the NFC-compatible Fitbit or Garmin clock by enrolling the card in Orange Pay, Fitbit Pay or Garmin Pay applications.
As a result of developments in Orange Money, the number of users registered a 44 percent increase in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018, reaching more than 135,000 customers on March 31, 2019.
Earlier this year, Orange launched Live Objects, a platform dedicated to IoT projects that manages connected devices and analyzes data collected and is compatible with various communications technologies, from 2G / 3G / 4G to LTE-M. Companies, regardless of the domain or business size, can quickly integrate connected devices into the platform and view the data collected in both the Live Objects dashboard and partner applications via APIs.
Also since March, Orange has become the first telecom operator in Romania to offer its customers access to eSIM technology through which Apple compatible mobile phone users can connect to the Orange mobile network quickly and easily with the ability to manage multiple numbers phone in the same device without the need for a SIM card.
“2019 pretends to be a year with many challenges but also opportunities. In the first quarter of the year, we continued to take important steps in the area of converged fixed-to-mobile services and complement the financial services we provide to our customers. Network performance and service quality remain a priority in a more connected world,” said Liudmila Climoc, CEO of Orange Romania.