Romania has incredibly fast internet, and the prices are unbelievably cheap. I’m currently in Bucharest and the friend I am staying with has upgraded her connection to 100 megabits per second – that’s the speed of a standard ethernet cable – and it’s costing her 7 Euros per month (GASP of astonishment!). The connection is made possible by Fibre To The Building (FTTB). The speed quoted above is theoretical, and depends of course on the speed of the site you are downloading data from, e.g. if Youtube is overloaded and you want to watch a video, then you will only get the video as fast as Youtube can send it. However an internet speed test showed us we were getting pretty amazing speeds:
This fibre connection allows us to download an MP3 music file in 1 second, or an 800 MB movie in 2 minutes! Amazing! Comparing these speeds to what is available in New Zealand where I’m from – the best we can currently get is ADSL2+ with a maximum speed of around 20 megabits per second, and a cost of over $100 per month for the fastest connections. By Comparison Romania offers 5 times the speed for around $12 per month!