Communications market grows by 16.7% to 4.6 bn euro in 2007

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The value of the Romanian market of electronic communications and postal services stood at 4.61 bn euro in 2007, up some 16.7% versus the 2006, according to the suppliers’ reports sent to the National Communications and IT Regulatory Authority (ANRCTI).
 
„One can remark a substantial growth of the communications market, which was generated firstly by the revenues from Internet and data at fixed points services – which advanced by some 31%, and also by the revenues from mobile phone services and mobile data services, which rose 11% in 2007 against 2006”, said Liviu Nistoran, president of ANRCTI.
 
ANRCTI calculated the preliminary monitoring tariff for 2008 at 0.132% of the value reported by the suppliers (turnover or revenues obtained in 2007 from activities of network supply, electronic communication and postal services). Thus, the total value of the monitoring tariff for 2008 amounts to 6.12 million euro.
 
Out of the over 2,000 providers authorized by ANRCTI, 519 providers of electronic
communications and postal services have a turnover of over 100,000 euro or have revenues amounting to this sum and thus are under the obligation to pay the monitoring tariff. 76 electronic communication providers and 12 providers of postal services had 2007 revenues or turnovers of over 1 million euro.
 
The top 20 providers of electronic communications in terms of turnover posted last year a total turnover of 4.27bn euro (14.28bn lei), up 18.1% versus the 2006 turnover.
„The most important operators of electronic operators in terms of turnover were in 2007, the same as in 2006, Orange, Vodafone and Romtelecom, but the most spectacular growth rates in the turnover were recorded by Cosmote, RCS&RDS and UPC”, said Liviu Nistoran.
 
The owed monitoring tariff will be communicated to each provider and it is to be paid within 30 days from the date of the communication.
The Romanian Government approved on September 18, through an emergency ordinance, the modification of law on the organization of the National Regulatory Authority for Communications and Information Technology (ANRCTI), which will turn into the National Communications Agency (ANC).
 
‘’We approved through the emergency ordinance the organization of the National Agency for Communications and Information Technology, through the reorganization of the current activity of the ANRCTI and the adding of activities from the IT field,’’ said Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu at the end of the Government’s meeting.
 
The National Communications Agency will be a public institution with legal personality subordinated to the Government, entirely financed from own resources, through the reorganization of the National Regulatory Authority for Communications and Information Technology, which is dismantled and of the National Institute for Research-Development in IT – ICI Bucharest, subordinated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
 
The adopted normative act is aimed at strengthening in the task of the same body the competences referring to the administration and management of the top level domain „.ro”, and of the second-level domain „.eu” for the names of  domains reserved by Romania. Therefore, the National Communications Agency is mainly designed at implementing the national policy in the field of electronic communications, audio-visual communications, radio equipment and terminals of electronic communications, including from the viewpoint of the electromagnetic compatibility, information technology and postal services.
 
The National Communications Agency can set tariffs of accreditation, approval and homologation that represent own resources. The level and way of payment of the tariffs of accreditation, approval and homologation are established through a decision given by the National Communications Agency.
 
The Agency’s main office is in Bucharest and has territorial structures. The National Communications Agency is organized and functions under the coordination of the prime minister and the budget of revenues and spending of the agency is approved through decision of the government.
 
The management of the National Communications Agency is represented by one president and 2 vice-presidents appointed by the premier for a 5 year term.
Within 60 days since the implementation of the present decision, the Government will approve the Regulations of organization and functioning of the National Communications Agency.
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