Orange Romania and OROC Merge to Form Converged Telecom Operator

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Orange has announced the merger of Orange Romania and Orange Romania Communications (OROC), creating a fully integrated telecom operator in the region. This unification combines their mobile and fixed broadband services.

In 2021, Orange acquired a 54% stake in OROC, then known as Telekom Romania Communications, and quickly began integrating their operations, including joint commercial offerings and unified customer service channels. The Romanian government approved the full merger last year, allowing Orange to consolidate its control over OROC.

Post-merger, Orange Group will own 80% of the combined entity, with the Romanian Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization retaining a 20% share. Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President and CEO of Orange Europe, emphasized the significance of the merger, stating it is a major milestone for Orange, facilitating the delivery of top-tier mobile and fiber services. She expressed gratitude to the teams involved in the transaction and conveyed her best wishes to the newly integrated workforce.

Convergence of mobile and fixed broadband services has been central to Orange’s strategy for several years. When Orange outlined its strategic priorities for Europe in 2021, convergence was a primary goal, described by Jégo-Laveissière as the “cornerstone” of their strategy. Since then, Orange has expanded its converged services across various markets. Notably, last year, Orange Belgium acquired Voo, a fixed network operator, enabling the offering of combined mobile and fixed packages to customers.

This merger is expected to bolster Orange Romania’s market position and enhance its ability to provide comprehensive telecom services, leveraging the strengths of both mobile and fixed broadband networks.

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