Over 600,000 telephone numbers were transferred to a different network three years since the launch of portability in Romania, according to data from the telecom regulator ANCOM.
Thus, portability allows users to transfer to a different mobile operator but still keep their telephone number. Users can transfer their mobile telephone numbers, landline telephone numbers as well as special ones such as ‘o800’ or ‘0900’ categories.
Most of these telephone numbers (67 percent) are mobile phone numbers.
Since the service was launched in October 2008, a total of 612,268 numbers were transferred to a different network- of which 411,447 were mobile phone numbers and 200,821 were landline phone numbers. On average, 15,533 switched to another network per month.
Cosmote was the preferred choice, with 147,061 users choosing to transfer to this network. It was followed by Vodafone which received 137,659 new numbers and Orange, with 121,716. There followed RCS&RDS with 4,292 new users and Telemobil, with 719 numbers.
In Romania, there are approximately 26 million numbers in mobile networks and 4 million numbers in landline networks.