According to the Digital Economy Lab 2016 (DELab) report, 29 percent of SMEs in Romania have access to high-speed Internet (over 30Mbps). This number is higher than the average of the EU new member states (NMS13), which is at 23 percent.
At the same time, 28 percent of SMEs use Internet at speeds lower than 10 Mbps, compared with the average of 40 percent reported among the 13 new EU countries.
However, statistics also show that 9 percent of SMEs do not have access to the Internet, a relatively high number compared to the EU15 average, which stood at 2 percent, a weak spot in Romania’s digital ecosystem.
On the other hand, the DELab report shows that Romania’s prices for monthly Internet subscriptions, reaching EUR 19, are the lowest compared to the EU15 average of EUR 37.
Still, 43 percent of Romanians have no digital competence, well above the 25 percent average in NMS13 countries and 14 percent in the EU15. Only 8 percent of Romanians believe they have digital knowledge solid enough to cope in a competitive work environment, data shows.
Additionally, Romania holds the 23rd position as far as connectivity goes, the 27th place in human capital, use of the Internet and digital public services respectively.
According to the cited data the NMS13 category includes: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The countries included in the EU15 category are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.