Orange remains the dominant operator in Opensignal’s awards — it has won four out of seven awards outright — up from the three solo wins and one joint win it achieved in our previous report. In contrast, Telekom no longer has any outright wins to its name, due to statistically tying with Vodafone on Games Experience and with Orange and Vodafone for Voice App Experience. Digi Mobil was the only operator aside from Orange to win an award outright and it has done so with great aplomb, given that its 4G Availability score has rocketed since our last report to near the 95% mark. However, the operator remains in last place for 4G Coverage Experience, despite its score improving the most since our last report — rising by 0.7 points (13.6%). Taken together with Digi Mobil’s lead on 4G Availability, this indicates that our Digi Mobil users found it harder to find a 4G signal in some difficult-to-reach areas where they spent relatively small amounts of their time, but on average spent more time connected to 4G than their counterparts on other networks.
The impressive 3.2 Mbps (11.1%) increase in Orange’s Download Speed Experience score was doubtless aided by the operator’s 5G rollout. It announced back in August that it had expanded its 5G network in Bucharest to cover the entire city and has also rolled out 5G in Timisoara, Brasov, Constanta and Mamaia.
5G measurements contribute to the overall mobile network experience scores in this report.
More recently, the Romanian communications regulatory, ANCOM, announced that it now expects the auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3.4-3.8 GHz frequency bands to take place in Q2 2021. The auction was originally planned to take place in Q2 2019 but was delayed to allow the time needed to establish network security requirements and approve license fees and payment conditions.
In this report, we’ve analyzed the mobile experience of our Romanian users across all four national operators — Digi Mobil, Orange, Telekom and Vodafone — over the 90 day period ending 29 November 2020.