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Romania - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • December 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 26 pages


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Romania's broadband market benefits from effective infrastructure-based competition. Broadband platforms include widely accessible cable TV, micro LANs, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), wireless and fibre. The country's fibre sector has become one of the strongest in Europe in recent years, and by mid-2016 about 94% of all fixed broadband lines were on some sort of fibre-based infrastructure. As a result, the country has one of the highest FttP penetration rates in the region, and by November 2016 the average broadband download speed broached 100Mb/s.

Increasing broadband take up is fostering the development of Romania's internet society, encompassing e-commerce, e-government and e-health. Digital TV is available via cable TV, satellite and digital terrestrial TV, with the satellite-based digital pay-TV operators instrumental in driving digital TV uptake. DTTV developments are progressing following the approval of a DTTV migration strategy.

This report provides insights into Romania's growing broadband and digital media markets, covering the technologies, the major players and market developments. Market analyses are supported by variety of statistics on fixed broadband penetration.

Key developments:

Average broadband download speed broaches 100Mb/s; Orange Romania offering 1Gb/s FttP services; third round of licenses for DTT broadcasting initiated; UPC Romania launches free shared Wi-Fi network for subscribers; Telekom Romania launches 1Gb/s FttP service in 13 cities; Vodafone Romania partners with Netflix to provide content through its mobile videostreaming service; RoNet rural broadband program gets under way; regulator awards licences for three multiplexes; UPC expands reach of its 500Mb/s broadband service; RCS&RDS launches 1Gb/s offer; regulator raises 682 million at spectrum auction; government secures 84 million EU funding to extend broadband to unconnected areas of the country; low rural PC use holds up broadband take-up; report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2016, telco's operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UPC Romania, RCS&RDS, Telekom Romania, DigiTV, Boom TV, Dolce.

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