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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 3.89 m connections in 2019. Among them were 3.75 m 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.

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 10.29 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Botswana ranked 164th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 10.05 Mbit/second (140th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Botswana comes 110th with a download speed of 18.24 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was only enough for 104th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 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
Total
Botswana
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users1.08 m47.00 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users49,295.002.14 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines142,587.006.19 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars3.75 m162.64 %542.60 m121.25 %