Orange Romania switches on 5G network

Orange Romania switches on 5G network

05 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Orange Romania has become the first country within the Orange Group to commercially launch 5G.

Officially available in three of Romania’s main cities Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Iasi, other cities in the country are due to follow throughout 2020 and beyond.

In addition to offering customers internet download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and average download speeds of 600Mbps, a complete portfolio of services and devices have been designed to enhance the 5G experience for its customers. This includes, unlimited internet, with over 9GB for mobile roaming within the EU, unlimited voice calls and SMS nationally and in roaming.

Additionally, Orange Romania is also launching a number of exclusive services only available to customers of Orange. These include the number share service, which allows users to use the same phone number on multiple devices without requiring a Bluetooth or Wifi connection, and the first HD voice plus solution in Romania, which offers greatly improved quality of voice calls. Orange customers will also benefit from eSIM as well as technology currently only being deployed by Orange Romania.

“We are proud that with today’s 5G launch, Romania is once again at the forefront of innovation,” said Liudmila Climoc (pictured), chief executive officer at Orange Romania. “The 5G network evolution, supported by the innovation DNA of the local team, will give competitive advantage, as already proved in the case of 3G and 4G. The quality of the network and the customer experience are the pillars of sustainable development and remain our priorities to the future so that we can bring the benefits of connectivity closer to what matters to our customers.”

The new 5G commercial network is the result of an intensive programme of tests, pilots and trials conducted in Romania with key partners to deliver the best network available. This is also due to the company’s involvement in Europe’s Horizon 2020 research and development projects: MATILDA, SliceNet, 5G-EVE and 5G-VICTORI.

Through this joint work with Orange Group research teams, Orange Romania has contributed significantly to the development and standardisation of 5G technology, being the only Romanian operator involved in standardising this technology at European level.

“I am delighted that Romania, one of the most dynamic telecoms markets in Europe, is the first country within our global footprint to have achieved this important milestone,” added Ramon Fernandez, CEO Delegate of Orange in charge of Finance, Performance and Europe. “Orange Romania is important for us, both in terms of investments and driving innovation, with more than 3.5 billion euros invested since we entered the market. Today’s 5G launch, alongside new innovations like eSIM and Number Sharing, will serve as key use cases for further development and underpins the Group’s ambitions to deliver an unmatched experience to our customers as we begin our migration towards the next generation of networks.”