There have been significant restatements of the data published for broadband coverage at end-2011.
As is typical in Eastern Europe, Romania fell behind the EU average for standard fixed broadband coverage, but was ahead for NGA coverage.
Romania is slightly behind or matches the European Union average for standard coverage. Its HSPA coverage was close to the EU average. But because Romania only had a limited DSL network, it fell behind the EU average for standard fixed coverage – despite having the third largest WiMAX network in the study, and the third largest FTTP network. DSL coverage grew by more than 6 percentage points in 2012; FTTP and WiMAX grew by more than 7p.p.
In 2012 Romania had reasonable Docsis 3 and VDSL coverage to support the delivery of NGA services. In particular, FTTP played a big role in bringing NGA services to rural areas of Romania. LTE services were introduced in 2012 and by the end of the year covered over 23% of Romanian households.
Romania’s capital Bucharest and three other regions had complete standard fixed broadband coverage. The pattern of coverage across the rest of the country is difficult to interpret – it seemed to follow no clear grographical pattern and coverage was not highest in the most urban areas.
NGA coverage was again highest in Bucharest. Typically it is the areas with the highest standard fixed broadband coverage which also had the highest NGA coverage, but it is difficult to establish a trend within the data patterns.
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