According to preliminary figures from Romanian regulator ANCOM, during 2014 the country’s mobile broadband users grew by 25% to around twelve million whilst fixed broadband connections saw 5%-plus annual growth to nearly four million by the end of the year. ANCOM’s preliminary presentation added that around 10.7 million (nearly 90%) of the mobile broadband subscribers at end-2014 were using 3G services while it calculated that over 700,000 were active 4G users, with the average mobile broadband user generating monthly traffic of 260MB.
Of the fixed broadband total at end-2014 ANCOM said that 73% of lines were in urban areas, or 2.9 million connections – up by 4.2% year-on-year – whilst broadband lines in rural areas grew by 10.2% to 1.1 million. Roughly half of fixed internet connections, or almost two million high speed lines, enabled speeds of over 100Mbps at end-2014. Speeds of 30Mbps-100Mbps represented 11% of the fixed broadband market, compared to 10Mbps-30Mbps (24%) and 2Mbps-10Mbps (15%).