Telecommunication in Botswana

Compared to the European Union, Botswana has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +267, there were a total of 4.15 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.00 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.7 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Botswana is back. Around 47% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 2% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 1,806 webhosts, Botswana is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 10.53 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Botswana ranked 160th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 11.22 Mbit/second (128th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Botswana comes 93rd with a download speed of 21.51 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 85th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Botswana from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Botswana 2005 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Botswana
Broadband users45,011.001.95 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines141,077.006.12 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.00 m173.81 %547.36 m122.31 %