The Romanian government has announced the opening of the first rural telecentre to be equipped with WiMAX technology. The project, which is offering wireless internet access to pupils at the school in the village of Horia in Ialomita county, has been backed by Intel. The telecentre was installed by Orange Romania as part of the government’s push to bring telephony and internet services to 600 isolated communities. So far 168 rural telecentres have been opened, with contracts awarded for another 163 installations.
Meanwhile, the national telecoms regulator ANRCTI has released figures which show a 136% rise in broadband internet subscriptions in 2006. According to the watchdog’s figures, there were 1.75 million live high speed internet connections at the end of December, with around 5.5 million regular internet users. Including mobile internet subscribers, there were around 3.3 million broadband users in Romania at the end of last year.