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Number of mobile phone subscribers to stall in 2012, voice traffic to rise

The mobile phone market will stall next year as regards the number of subscribers, but voice traffic will rise backed by the reduction of interconnection charges, the chairman of the National Authority for the Administration and Regulation of Communications (ANCOM), Catalin Marinescu, stated during the Mobile Communications Gala, Mediafax reports. “Furthermore, I expect the number of mobile Internet services users will rise, continuing this year’s trend,” Marinescu stated.

At the same time, Vodafone officials argue that ANCOM’s proposal concerning vacating a 2.5 MHz-portion of the GSM range in 12 months’ time is surprising and will have a major financial impact on the company’s operations. Vodafone representatives argue the implementation of ANCOM’s project will have a significant impact on the clients as well, as most of the terminals on the market operate on the 900 MHz-band, rather than the 1,800 MHz- and 2,100 MHz-band.

ANCOM’s analyses and consultations with the industry indicated this decision is the most adequate path to create equal opportunities for all players on the mobile communication services market, according to the aforementioned source.

Details such as the frequency band allotment procedure, terms for range allotment and use, fees for the extension or granting of licenses are to be set at a later date. Moving on to another topic, Dorin Odiatiu, Orange Romania marketing director, stated that Wi-Fi is a complement to the mobile network and announced Orange would extend the Wi-Fi Internet access network in 2012. He added that “in a matter of days, Orange’s 3G network which provides access to the Internet at 14.4 Mbps speeds will offer coverage for 80 pc of the population”.

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