In Romania 9 percent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to the Internet, compared with the EU 15 average of 2 percent, which represents a weak spot in digital ecosystem. Also, 29 percent of SMEs in Romania have access to high-speed Internet (over 30Mbps), above the NMS13 level, which stands at 23 percent, the Digital Economy Lab 2016 (DELab) report published recently reveals.
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.
Statistics show that 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.
At the same time, DELab report shows that Romania is the state where the monthly average price of an Internet subscription is below EUR 19, the lowest compared to the EU15 average of EUR 37. 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.
43 percent of Romanians have no digital competence, well above the 25 percent average in NMS13 countries and 14 percent in the EU15, while 8 percent of the population believes they have digital knowledge solid enough to cope in a competitive work environment.
In terms of digital competence, Romania ranks last in the European Union, and only 16 percent of Romanians have basic digital knowledge, compared to the EU15 average of 30 percent and 26 percent in NMS13 countries.
Moreover, Romania holds the 23rd position as far as connectivity goes, on the 27th place in human capital, use of the Internet and digital public services respectively.