Around 70% of European households had access to broadband internet last year, up 16% from 2013. Romania ranks 7th in terms of access according to Eurostat data cited by Agerpres .
Rates ranged from 100% in Malta to 20% in Greece.
At the top of the ranking are also Spain (94%), Latvia (90.7%), the Netherlands (90.6%), Portugal (90.5%), Ireland (88, 7%) and Romania (87.1%). Meanwhile, Cyprus (41%) and Italy (44%) join Greece at the back of the pack.
In addition to coverage, Romania has one of the cheapest high-speed internet connections in the world, at just 8 euros per month for download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The biggest local internet service providers offer packages that start at 300 Mbps for around 6 EUR.
In 2021, the European Commission adopted the first multiannual work program as the digital component of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital). The latter is intended to support and catalyze public and private investment in digital connectivity infrastructure between 2021 and 2027. The EU will commit more than €1 billion to improve and secure Europe’s digital connectivity infrastructure. Europe, including gigabit (1000 Mbps) broadband connections and 5G networks.
The stated objective is to provide 5G broadband Internet access to all households located in populated areas by 2030.
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