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What the internet looked like in Romania, from the village to the city: how many internet connections are there, what has changed


It is a certainty that the internet has evolved. As a reference, at the end of 2021, there were about 6.1 million fixed internet connections, up 7%, according to preliminary data. Of these, 3.9 million were in urban areas.

“At the end of the year, we had 6.1 million fixed internet connections, up 7%. Of these, 3.9 million were in urban areas, up 4%, and 2.2 million in rural areas. Why do we make this separation all the time? That we have increased attention on the gap between urban and rural – and in all the actions that you see that ANCOM is doing – is also considering reducing this gap “, said Cristin Popa, executive director of the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM), at the conference “Communications Day 2022”, quoted by Agerpres.

He added that 85% of fixed internet connections allow download speeds of over 100 Mbps, an increase of five percentage points over the previous year.

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6.1 million fixed internet connections at the end of 2021

“In rural areas we have a share of 78%, increasing from 65% in 2020”, added the executive director of ANCOM.

As for the mobile network area, there are 21.2 million connections, an increase of 4% in 2021.

“From the data we have, there is a slowdown in growth”, explained the executive director of ANCOM. He added that in the past there has been an increase “generated by the pandemic and the practical change of everyone’s life, when most of us went online”.

The Communications Code is a document that “will rewrite some of the regulations in the field of communications, will come with elements to stimulate the implementation of new technologies and new elements in terms of radio frequency management.”

“Obviously, it also has an end-user protection component through additional information elements. We hope that tomorrow the Constitutional Court will give us a positive verdict in the sense of developing communication networks. As soon as the Communications Code appears, the authority is ready to start the consultation for the tender procedure of the new frequencies allocated to the mobile networks. We estimate that we will reach the end of the procedure in about five months from the start of the public consultation “, concluded the executive director of ANCOM.

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