One in three Romanians familiar with 5G technology: survey

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 00:59:50|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BUCHAREST, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- More than one-third of Romanians have heard about 5G technology, and almost a quarter of them know about the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a market survey released on Thursday by the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications of Romania (ANCOM).

According to the survey, 34 percent of Romanians are familiar with the term 5G. With the future implementation of 5G in Romania, 47 percent of respondents expect better national cellular coverage, 31 percent faster internet speed (download/upload) and 26 percent fewer connectivity problems.

The ANCOM survey also revealed that 22 percent of Romanians have heard about IoT, and 4 percent of the population owns or manages smart devices that can connect to the internet. The typical IoT connoisseur and user in Romania is young, has a higher education degree, a higher income and comes from urban areas.

The most common IoT objects owned by those surveyed are smart watches/bracelets and televisions through which other devices can be accessed and/or controlled.

Of those using IoT, 65 percent believe that these devices are already part of their personal routine, while another 25 percent believe that this will happen in the next two years.

5G is coming to Romania, and Communications Minister Alexandru Petrescu told a press conference here on Tuesday after an international conference on e-government that the prerequisites and conditions for the adoption of 5G technologies are there, and the tender in Romania for 5G licenses will be launched at the end of 2019.

According to the National Strategy for the Implementation of 5G in Romania, by 2025 all urban centers, modernized motorways and railways, international ports and airports will be covered by the new technology.

Local experts expect this new technology to bring in revenues of nearly 5 billion euros (5.67 billion U.S. dollars) by 2026 and to create 250,000 jobs.