The President of the National Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANRC), Mr. Dan Georgescu, pointed out that, according to the preliminary market data valid in mid-2006, so far processed by ANRC, the voice traffic generated by the Romanian users increased by 26, 6% compared to the first semester of 2005, reaching 10.61 billion minutes between January and June 2006.
The significant increase in voice traffic is accompanied by a value-added increase in the entire electronic communications market. „While gross domestic product grew by 4.1% in real terms in 2005, revenue in the communications market increased by 23%, reaching more than 3 billion euros at the end of 2005. We enjoy to see how the competition is growing. „In only six months, the share of alternative fixed-line providers reached 15% of the market, marking a substantial 50% growth rate,” said ANRC President.
On June 30, 2006, the total number of lines of access to fixed telephony services exceeded 4.4 million. At the same time, the market share of alternative fixed-line providers has reached about 15%, totaling more than 650,000 phone lines (both on their own networks and through other people’s access networks). Most of the fixed telephone lines installed by alternative providers (85.6%) belong to individual users, this indicator registering the highest increase between June 2004 and June 2006 (about 94 times more).
Although, overall, voice traffic originating from fixed public telephone networks registered a slight decrease (approximately 4.1 billion minutes in the first half of 2006 compared to 4.2 billion in the same period in 2005), traffic alternative network providers increased significantly – by over 140%. Subscribers to alternative providers use fixed telephony to call mainly fixed networks other than the one they are subscribed to – 48.7% of the total traffic of alternate providers being traffic to other fixed networks.
The number and duration of calls made by phone service users steadily increase. In the first semester of 2006, the average duration of a mobile call (excluding roaming) was 1.51 minutes versus 1.45 a year ago. For calls made on the fixed line, the average duration of a voice call was 2.27 minutes in the first half of the week, compared to 2.18 minutes recorded last year.
The increase in the number of mobile phone users (14.9 million on June 30, 2006), as well as the increase in the average duration of a call, increased mobile traffic by approximately 57% compared to the first half of 2005, reaching over 6.5 billion minutes. In this market segment, the main source of the upward trend in traffic is talks made within the same mobile network, which account for 77% of total traffic. Most mobile service users (66%) use prepaid cards, while only a third of them have subscriptions.
The number of text messages sent from the mobile phone in the first half of this year has increased by about 50% over the same period last year, surpassing the one billion sent messages (excluding roaming messages), while the traffic of messages multimedia grew by 46%, reaching 13.7 million MMS.