Romania's telecommunications authority Ancom concluded that operators fulfilled their 2012 licences' obligations related to white areas, according Telecompaper. These white areas were identified as still not covered in the 2016 monitoring campaign. Following a control action conducted between September and November, Ancom concluded that all the approximately 700 localities in the white areas have access to electronic communications services.
During the 2012 spectrum auction, the authority imposed each of the operators that have acquired rights to use radio frequencies in the frequency bands below 1 GHz (800 MHz and/or 900 MHz) the obligation to cover a specific number of the 676 localities unserved by broadband mobile communications networks in proportion to the acquired spectrum resources. Vodafone and Orange were required to cover 225 rural localities each, Telekom Mobile 169, and RCS&RDS 57 by 5 April 2016.
Between September and November, the authority's teams verified the ways in which operators fulfilled their obligations of ensuring coverage with UMTS, IMT-enhanced (HSPA, HSPA+), or LTE or equivalent technology in the localities assessed as not covered in the monitoring campaign of May-June 2016, respectively 90 localities (12 by Orange, 6 by Telekom Mobile, 72 by Vodafone).