Romania’s Ministry for Information Society reports that the government has approved the programme for implementing the National Plan for Next Generation Network (NGN) Infrastructure Development. The programme involves promoting the construction of high speed broadband networks with national coverage and widespread distribution points as close to the end user as possible to raise access speeds, as well as expansion of symmetrical download/upload internet speeds. The goals of the National Plan for NGN Infrastructure Development are driven by the National Strategy on the Digital Agenda for Romania 2020, which was approved in April 2015. In line with European Union (EU) targets, the strategy aims for 30Mbps-plus broadband in all households and at least 50% of households with 100Mbps-plus connections by 2020. To achieve the objectives the NGN plan has five pillars:- Encourage access to existing passive infrastructure; - Improve transparency and coordination in civil works; - Simplify procedures for authorising construction of electronic communications networks; - Establish rules on NGN infrastructure for new buildings; - Utilise next generation wireless technology for accelerated expansion/implementation of rural broadband infrastructure.
Funding for the NGN programme will come from the EU budget for 2014-2020, alongside private funds and Romanian public sector contributions via the national state budget alongside local budgets, as appropriate.