Romania Cable Systems (RCS&RDS) has signed a two-year national roaming contract with Vodafone Romania, which will see the expansion of its mobile footprint. Valentin Popoviciu, business development director of RCS&RDS, told Business Review: ‘This is an obligation that was stipulated in the licences acquired by operators in 2012. All operators are compelled to offer national roaming, under commercial terms. We have discussed [the issue] with [all of] the operators in the market and eventually reached an agreement with Vodafone. We are currently developing our 900MHz and 2100MHz networks, so the number of customers who will be switching to the Vodafone network in will not be too high’.
Speaking at a press conference, Popoviciu noted that the company has activated its 900MHz network, and expects to cover 500 locations by year-end. Meanwhile, the company boasts 2100MHz 3G coverage of approximately 78% of the territory (65% of the population). However, RCS&RDS will continue to prioritise its 3G network for the foreseeable future, rather than upgrading to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) like its rivals Vodafone, Orange and Cosmote.