Companies providing such services are providing very flexible and negotiable plans also based on the Metropolitan/International distinction.
Usually prices and bandwidths are fully negotiable, with the micro-ISPs discussed above being influential resellers.
This is surprising giving the fact that major cities are usually ranked lower on the list, Bucharest being listed at number 6 and Iasi is present in 9th position.
Speeds, uptime, quality of service are generally not guaranteed, and while the biggest networks offer high quality connections and / 30 Mbit/s upload internationaltechnical support, for the smallest ones, there is even the risk of network cards burning because of lightning strikes and badly insulated network infrastructure.
For business use, services are usually provided through fiber optics or less often, radio.
There is very strong competition, with no peering between many such companies (again requiring a lot of traffic to be routed through international routes) and not even access to another's fiber-optics infrastructure (leading to the existence, in some cases, of over 25 fiber optics cables on the same street, hanging from the same pole).
As such many companies have two separate providers for basically the same services.
Nowadays most other providers prefer to use Optical Fiber.
Usually, in order to be able to get an internet subscription through cable, the customers must also subscribe to a TV service.
Internet usage skyrocketed in Romania after 1999, with small neighborhood Internet service providers that were affordable and with high speeds, bypassing use of copper wires or dial-up methods.
This coupled with low population and land mass helps with keeping up a high average speed Based on Net Index report at the end of first half of 2013, Timișoara became the city with the highest download speed in the world. The second Romanian city which appeared in the ranking was Constanța, in 14th place, with a speed of 34.45 Mbit/s.
Since April 2014 their offer was updated to include subscriptions for 4G.