Mobile Network Experience Report Romania January 2022

Romania

Mobile Network Experience Report
January 2022

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Author
Sam Fenwick Senior Analyst

Key Findings

Vodafone and Orange jointly win Video Experience

Our users had their best experience when streaming video on mobile connections on Orange and Vodafone’s networks, due to a statistical tie between their scores of 69 and 69.8 points, respectively, on a 100-point scale. This is the first time that Orange has not won the award outright, since we started reporting on the Romanian mobile network experience back in January 2020. The two front-runners placed in the Very Good (65<75) category, while our Digi Mobil and Telekom users had a Good (55<65) Video Experience.

Digi Mobil catches up with Telekom and Vodafone on Games Experience

The two-way statistical tie between Telekom and Vodafone that our users reported in the previous report has broadened to a three-way tie that includes Digi Mobil. As a result, Digi Mobil, Telekom and Vodafone are joint winners of the Games Experience award. Games Experience measures how mobile users experience real-time multiplayer mobile gaming on an operator’s network. Measured on a scale of 0-100, it analyzes how the multiplayer mobile gaming experience is affected by mobile network conditions including latency, packet loss and jitter.

Vodafone continues to chip away at Orange’s lead on Download Speed Experience

Once again, our Orange users observed the fastest average download speeds in Romania — and the operator remains undefeated in this regard. However, Vodafone has again reduced Orange’s lead thanks to a rise of 2.5 Mbps (9.3%) in its Download Speed Experience score. As a result, Orange’s lead over second-placed Vodafone narrowed by 1.4 Mbps. The only other operator on which our users observed a significant change is Digi Mobil — its Download Speed Experience score declined by 1.7 Mbps (10.1%).

Vodafone, Digi Mobil and Orange users saw a rise in the proportion of locations with a 4G signal

While Orange remains the outright winner of the 4G Coverage Experience award, both Vodafone and Digi Mobil saw their scores increase faster than Orange users. Both operators’ scores rose by 0.3 points versus Orange’s gain of 0.1 points. As a result, Orange’s lead fell by 0.2 points to 1 point ahead of second-placed Vodafone. These changes also mean that our Romanian users found a 4G signal in more than six out of 10 of the locations they visited, regardless of their choice of operator. Turning to 4G Availability, Digi Mobil is still the winner by an impressive margin and it remains the only operator on which our 4G users spent more than 90% of their time connected to 4G or better.

Introduction

Once again, Orange has the largest haul of awards and is the only Romanian operator to win more than one award outright. It is still the sole winner of the Download Speed Experience and 4G Coverage Experience awards, while also being a joint winner of the Voice App Experience and Upload Speed Experience awards. However, it no longer wins the Video Experience award outright and has to settle for a joint win alongside Vodafone instead. Vodafone racks up four joint wins, while Digi Mobil is still the only operator aside from Orange to win an award outright, as it has successfully defended the 4G Availability award. On top of this, Digi Mobil is now part of a three-way statistical tie for the Games Experience award.

The 0.3 point rise in Vodafone’s 4G Coverage Experience score is likely due to the operator’s recent focus on expanding rural coverage. In August, it said that it deployed over 700 4G new base transceiver stations (BTS) between March 2020 and June 2021 and as a result it claims to provide mobile services to 96% of the country’s rural population.

Operators are continuing to expand 5G services gradually in Romania. In July 2021, Orange announced that it had expanded its 5G coverage to Craiova, the country’s sixth largest city. Like Orange, Vodafone and Digi Mobil launched commercial 5G services in 2019. While at the end of 2021 Telekom was yet to launch 5G, it announced in November the results of 5G tests using its current spectrum and 5G antennas deployed between Bucharest International Airport and the city center. The operator has also extended its rights to use the 2100 MHz band until the end of 2031, at a cost of €25 million ($28.4 million).

Also in November, Digi Mobil paid paid €42.7 million for additional spectrum to improve rural reach and add capacity. It acquired 2×5 MHz in the 800 MHz band suited for rural services, and four 2×5 MHz blocks in the 2600 MHz FDD band and one block of 15 MHz unpaired spectrum in the 2600 MHz TDD band both 2600 MHz bands are usually deployed in urban areas.

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 starting 1 September, 2021, and ending 29 November, 2021. 5G measurements contributed to the overall mobile network experience scores.

Opensignal Awards Table

Mobile Experience Awards, Romania
January 2022, Romania Report
Video Experience
Games Experience
Voice App Experience
Download Speed Experience
Upload Speed Experience
4G Availability
4G Coverage Experience
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Mobile Experience Awards Winners
January 2022, Romania
Download Speed Experience
4G Availability
4G Coverage Experience
Mobile Experience Awards Draws
January 2022, Romania
Video Experience
Games Experience
Voice App Experience
Upload Speed Experience
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Overview

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Video Experience
in 0-100 points
Digi Mobil
62.9
Orange
69.0
Telekom
62.4
Vodafone
69.8
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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National Analysis

Video Experience

Video Experience
in 0-100 points
Digi Mobil
62.9
Orange
69.0
Telekom
62.4
Vodafone
69.8
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Games Experience

Games Experience
in 0-100 points
Digi Mobil
63.2
Orange
62.4
Telekom
65.8
Vodafone
66.1
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Voice App Experience

Voice App Experience
in 0-100 points
Digi Mobil
78.2
Orange
79.1
Telekom
78.7
Vodafone
80.1
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Download Speed Experience

Download Speed Experience
in Mbps
Digi Mobil
15.0
Orange
34.8
Telekom
17.5
Vodafone
29.0
0 8.75 17.5 26.25 35
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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Upload Speed Experience

Upload Speed Experience
in Mbps
Digi Mobil
6.3
Orange
11.3
Telekom
8.4
Vodafone
11.0
0 3.75 7.5 11.25 15
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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4G Availability

4G Availability
% of time
Digi Mobil
94.1
Orange
86.8
Telekom
74.6
Vodafone
85.2
0 23.75 47.5 71.25 95
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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4G Coverage Experience

4G Coverage Experience
in 0-10 points
Digi Mobil
6.1
Orange
7.4
Telekom
6.1
Vodafone
6.4
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
The brackets represent confidence intervals.
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We continually adapt our methodology to best represent the true experience of smartphone users. Therefore, comparisons of the results to past reports should be considered indicative only.

For every metric we calculate statistical confidence intervals indicated on our graphs. When confidence intervals overlap, our measured results are too close to declare a winner. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple winners.

In our bar graphs we represent confidence intervals as boundaries on either sides of graph bars. In our supporting-metric charts we show confidence intervals as +/- numerical values.

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For every metric we calculate statistical confidence intervals indicated on our graphs. When confidence intervals overlap, our measured results are too close to declare a winner. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple operator winners.

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