The mobile network Vodafone GigaNetwork has been certified "Best in test" for the second consecutive year by the independent German auditor umlaut, part of Accenture, which sets industry standards through measurements of over 200 mobile networks in over 120 countries. This is the eighth consecutive year when Vodafone Romania's mobile network receives recognition by the German auditor.
"In the current context, where mobility is indispensable, where work at the office, school, and access to services are closely linked to a fast and stable internet connection, this new umlaut certification confirms Vodafone Romania's sustained efforts and investments to offer customers a trustworthy mobile network they can rely on. In the last year, we have improved the quality of our networks in over 300 localities in urban and rural areas and increased the coverage of 4G services nationwide by 10%, currently being available to 97% of the population. We are also taking important steps to expand access to 5G services, which are essential for digitization", said Nicolae Vilceanu, Network Director, Vodafone Romania.
The benchmarking campaign ran from February 18th to March 23rd, 2023, with the Vodafone network achieving the highest overall score in the umlaut assessment – 877 points, 27 points ahead of the next ranked operator and recording the highest score for mobile voice services, data, and network reliability. For a high relevant statistic, the measurements made with professional equipment covered a road distance of 8,677 km and localities counting for 25% of Romania's population.
The measurement campaign was carried out on a route that included the towns of Bucuresti, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Constanta, Brasov, Ploiesti, Arad, Pitesti, Targu Mures, Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Suceava, Bistrita, Tulcea, Salonta, Marghita, Simleu Silvaniei, Zalau, Turda, Reghin, Vatra Dornei, Campulung Moldovenesc, Gura Humorului, Falticeni, Pascani, Vaslui, Barlad, Tecuci, Babadag, Fetesti, Slobozia, Campina, Campulung, Bals, Filiasi, as well as on connection roads.
The certification is available at: https://www.umlaut.com/en/benchmarking/romania.
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