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Orange Romania records a 2% drop of business figure in Q1

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Orange Romania announced on Tuesday, that it had registered a 2% drop of the business figure in Q1, compared to the same period of 2018, up to  265 million euro, mainly on the background of interconnection prices for mobile phone voice calls.

On March 31, Orange Romania was offering mobile, fixed and TV services to 10.693 million customers, on the rise by 2.3% compared to the end of Q1, 2018.

“Fixed services continued their positive evolution of the previous quarters. Thus, at the end of March, the cable and satellite TV service, Orange Home TV, included 519,000 customers, on the rise by 24% against Q1 2018, while broad band fixed services had 303,600 customers, on the rise by 44.6% against the same period of 2018,” the press release showed.

Orange announced that it had continued investments in infrastructure, offering $G+ connection to 432 new localities at the beginning of 2019, comprising 439,000 inhabitants, so that at the end of March, 44.69% of the country's population had access to speeds up to 500 Mbps.

“The presence of 4G was extended, so that, by the end of the first quarter, it covered 96.9% of the country's population and 100% of the urban one. The clients' appetite for mobile data generated a 50% increase of consumption in Q1, 2019, compared to Q1 2-18,”the press release showed.

In January, Orange introduced HD Voice Plus technology which offers superior experience during 4G calls by using an audio frequency double the classical 4G call.

“At the beginning of March 2019, Orange  Money introduced physical and virtual contactless Visa debit cards, phone payment by  NFC technology with Fitbit or Garmin smart watch by including the card in Orange Pay, Fitbit Pay or Garmin Pay applications,” the press release showed.

As a result of the developments mad to Orange Money service, the number of users recorded a 44% increase in Q1, 2019, against 2018, reaching over 135,000 customers on March 31, 2019, according to the company. At the beginning of the year Orange also launched  Live Objectives, a platform devoted to IoT projects, which manage connected devices and analyse collected data and which is compatible with different communication technologies, from 2G/3G/4G, to LTE-M.

In March Orange became the first telecommunications operator in Romania offering its customers access to eSIM technology, with which Apple phone users can  connect to the mobile phone network simply and rapidly, with the possibility to manage several phone numbers on the same device, without using any SIM card.

“2019 seems to be a year with many challenges and opportunities. In Q1, we continued to make important steps in the area of fixed-mobile convergent services and in completing financial services we offer customers. Network performance and service quality remain a prioirty in world more and more connected,”said Liudmila Climoc, general manager Orange Romania.

The main  Orange competitors in Romania are Vodafone, Telekom and Digi Mobil.  

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