According to Orange Romania, the delays in providing coverage to 9 localities in rural areas were caused by external factors. The leader of the mobile phone market reacted to the ANCOM fine it received alongside mobile phone operators Vodafone Romania and Telekom Romania for failing to provide coverage in several rural areas.
“ANCOM has provided the operators with a number of isolated localities in the rural areas according to the spectrum purchased following the 2012 tender. Out of the total number of localities attributed, 225, Orange currently covers 216, following a process that involved major investments, both financial as well as human. This performance ranks us first according to the number of localities covered in the rural areas, way above the results of other operators. The delays recorded in the case of the 9 localities that were left have causes that are independent of us. We have met delays and blocks in the process to install the antennas due to the troublesome process of obtaining the building permits for the sites. Currently, we have pending cases for each of these localities and are counting on the support of the authorities for solving them. Orange will continue infrastructure development plans, so that clients can enjoy the extended coverage and the services at the highest standards.”
Vodafone has also reacted to the fine issued by ANCOM.
With a total of 9,846,000 clients, Orange Romania is the leader of the Romanian mobile communication market.