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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 3.97 million connections in 2020. Among them were 3.83 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.6 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 1,806 webhosts, Botswana is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 620 million of these, or about 34 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 7.4 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Botswana ranked 161st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 5.3 Mbit/second (141st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Botswana comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2022 from 180 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in Botswana 2005 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerBotswana is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 64% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 11% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Botswana
Internet users1.51 m64.00 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users259,525.0011.04 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines140,003.005.95 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars3.83 m162.84 %540.56 m120.71 %

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