Telekom Romania Communications has the network with the widest coverage across Romania. Compared to its competitors, which focus their operations mostly in urban areas, Telekom has a very wide rural coverage, according to data from telecom watchdog ANCOM, quoted by

Thus, at the end of last year, Telekom Romania Communications covered approximately 91 percent of the Romanian population in total.

One of its main competitors is RCS&RDS, which covered 62 percent of the entire Romanian population.

Another important competitor is UPC Romania, which covered 48 percent of the Romanian population at that time.

The data also shows that Telekom Romania supplied services in all urban areas, while UPC Romania ran its operations in cities where it covered 88 percent of the urban population.

Telekom is the leader in rural areas, whereas the main competitors of Telekom Romania, RCS&RDS and UPC Romania are more focused on urban areas, according to the latest ANCOM data.

Compared to 2008, all telecom operators have expanded their coverage in rural areas.

Thus, Telekom covered 83 percent of the population in 2014 in rural areas, compared to 42 percent in 2008.

RCS&RDS covered nearly 25 percent of the population in the rural areas in 2014, compared to just 7 percent in 2008.

UPC Romania provided broadband services to 7 percent of the population in rural areas in 2014. In 2008, the company covered just 0.003 percent of the population.

Otilia Haraga