Telecommunication in Romania

Compared to the European Union, Romania has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +40, there were a total of 26.05 million connections in 2019. Among them were 22.67 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Romania is back. Around 74% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 27% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 2.67 million webhosts, Romania is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 188.08 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Romania ranked 7th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 130.46 Mbit/second (10th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Romania comes 46th with a download speed of 42.35 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 62nd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Romania from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Romania 2001 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Romania
Broadband users5.28 m27.27 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines3.38 m17.46 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars22.67 m117.12 %547.36 m122.31 %