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June 30, 2022

The Rollout of 5G in Romania: How Much Faster Could it Get?

Romania’s capital Bucharest was first among European cities with Orange Group to get a 5G network in 2019. After that, the most significant urban centres like Cluj-Napoca and Iasi got the 5G after the capital, and since then, 5G got in other cities.

Progress has been somewhat slower after the initial rollout, primarily because of bureaucratic procedures. Romanian citizens have access to 5G, but more could be done outside the biggest centres.

What are Romanians missing?

Home telecom operators already have 5G tariffs, and you can get up to 1.2 GB of data speed in Bucharest. The high speed and much lower latency than with 4G are two main benefits for the users. In addition, low latency is essential for streaming services and gaming.

Broad adoption of 5G will benefit cloud gaming offers and iGaming companies with increasingly graphics-intensive games. For example, the online casino NetBet is an excellent example of a diverse library of high-end games, live casinos, and other types of content that can benefit from a fast 5G network and low latency. Games can upgrade the graphics and resolution, and with latency improvement, a live casino can have a more seamless experience.

5G also brings a much higher capacity per network point. For example, imagine you visit a football match and want to check results or place an in-game bet. With a 4G network, your signal could be bogged down, and with too many fans in the stand, mobile phones can become unusable. Aside from speed, 5G eliminates overcrowding networks with its higher capacity.

Could Romanian 5G be faster?

The government launched a 5G tender for frequencies. Telecoms will compete for 700 MHz, 1500 MHz and 3400-3800 MHz. While 5G tender can be resolved sooner, the deadline for granting licences is the second quarter of 2023.

Different 5G spectrums offer varied use cases. New technology is essential for industry development aside from commercial 5G rollout for private users. IoT, Industry 4.0, the tourism sector and others have great expectations from 5G.

Another decision that somewhat slowed down the rollout of 5G is the Romanian 5G law that excludes Huawei and other Chinese companies from competing on tenders.

Smarter robots and autonomous cars

Romania has a significant industrial manufacturing capacity. To remain relevant globally, already automated robots within factories could get advanced manufacturing overlay with 5G. Low latency and high speed could enable more manageable robots on the factory floor with better communication, more intelligent usage, lower maintenance costs because of the smart prediction.

For many experts, 5G is the potential backbone of Industry 4.0. If you want to see self-driving taxis or bus services, 5G is also a critical infrastructural requirement. It enables fast communication between vehicles and traffic infrastructure.

Waiting for the government

To become a 5G provider in Romania, you must have an authorization requirement for technology, equipment and software. ANCOM will check all components. Unauthorized equipment or lack of authorization after a five-year grace period will result in fines up to 5% of Telecom turnover.

Operators must file requests with the Romanian Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications. However, the 5G rollout could be faster if the process were more streamlined, and even more importantly, the 5G tender would be resolved faster.


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