In the first three months of this year, Orange Romania – part of the France Telecom group – had incomes of EUR 219 M, down 1.4 pc against the similar interval of 2012, in comparable basis, reads a press release. Without the impact of regulatory measures, the incomes of Orange Romania from mobile services advanced by 1.3 pc in Q1 2013 compared to a year ago, which confirms the positive evolution of 2012, driven by commercial performance. On 31 March 2013, Orange Romania had 10,214,262 customers, approximately 127,000 more than at the end of March 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, mobile internet traffic soared by 92 pc year-on-year. This strong evolution was supported by the sales of smartphones, which increased by 176 pc in the first three months of this year, compared to the same interval of 2012. Moreover, the expansion of the product portfolio and the launching of the ‘smartphone star’ range, comprising of state-of-the-art handsets, most of them compatible with HD Voice and 4G technologies, increased the adoption rate of mobile internet by customers. “(…) We will further develop innovative services, applications and partnerships, such as international money transfer, Deezer, Libon or Orange Cloud, which are just few examples of how we want to provide our customers with a complete experience of communication,” said Jean-Francois Fallacher, CEO Orange Romania.