Almost 5.4 million telephone numbers have been ported over the past ten years in Romania since the possibility to change the provider but keep the phone number was introduced in 2008, according to ANCOM data. In 2018, 930,522 phone numbers were ported, of which 92 percent are mobile phone numbers and the rest (73,938) are landline phone numbers.
The monthly average in 2018 increased to 77,543 from 74,391 in 2017 and in October and December the most numbers were ported, 109,887 and 98,775.
From the total number ported last year, most of them (78 percent) belonged to individuals and 22 percent to companies. At the same time, in the porting processes carried out during the last year, 26 providers were involved.
Segmented on mobile, ANCOM data shows the most users opted for the RCS & RDS network (278,070), followed by Orange with 176,124 users, Vodafone (156,323), Telekom Romania Communications (148,675) and Telekom Romania Mobile Communications (97,350).
Also, from the total number of portals registered on the mobile phone segment, 46 percent belong to prepaid cards.
In terms of fixed telephony, in 2018, 73,938 numbers were ported, equivalent to 8 percent of the total number ported during the same year. Most of the fixed telephony numbers ported were distributed among the main providers: Telekom Romania Communications (28,516), RCS & RDS (22,218), Orange (10,498), UPC Romania (4,577) and Vodafone (3,479).
ANCOM created the www.portabilitate.ro site for information, where users can find out on what network any phone number used in Romania operates, even if it was ported. The site provides details on steps to be taken to port a phone number, answers to frequently asked questions in porting numbers, and tips to avoid possible problems that may occur during the porting process. The tips are based on the actual situations reported to the authority by the users.