More than half of the Romanian households had internet access in 2014, almost 71 per cent of them being located in urban areas, National Statistics Institute (INS) data show. “The interest in internet access is nevertheless influenced by the possibilities offered locally by internet providers and by each household’s financial means. Their influence on the decision to get internet access may explain the large differences between urban and rural areas,” the document reads.
Last year internet access was more widespread among households located in the Bucharest-Ilfov region (more than 3 out of every 4 households had internet access), followed at a significant distance by households located in the West, North-West (3 out of every 5 households), South-West and Centre (2 out of every 4) regions.
On the other hand, the lowest shares of households with internet access were registered in the South Muntenia (46.1 per cent) and South West Oltenia (47.1 per cent) regions.
Likewise, when ordered by the type of household the statistics show that households with children show a much higher frequency of internet access. Of these households, 77.6 per cent have internet access, compared to only 40.2 per cent among households without children.
Children’s interest in the internet is determined by objective factors, such as the need to do homework, but the internet also represents a popular way of spending leisure time (PC games, films, social networks), the INS statistics shows.
At the same time, the high share held by households with children among households with internet access is also maintained when analyzed based on the distribution of such households and the employment status of the head of the household. Thus, the highest share of households with children and internet access is found among the households of entrepreneurs, followed by the households of employees. The share held among the households of self-employed and unemployed persons stood at 49.4 per cent and 54.4 per cent respectively.
On the other hand, almost 60 per cent of households led by men had internet access in 2014, while only 2 in every 5 households led by females had internet access.
Based on the employment status of the head of the household, the biggest shares of households with internet access were registered among the households of students (97.4 per cent), entrepreneurs (93.4 per cent) and employees (84.1 per cent), while the smallest share is found among households led by pensioners (32.4 per cent).
The National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) data show that, in late 2014, Romania’s broadband internet connections reached 16 million, of which 12 million were subscription-based mobile broadband connections.
At the same time, the penetration rate of fixed broadband Internet connections per 100 inhabitants reached 20.1 per cent.