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Telecommunication in the Republic of the Congo

Compared to the United States, the Republic of the Congo is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +242, there were a total of 5.58 million connections in 2021. Among them were 5.56 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.95 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 45 webhosts, the Republic of the Congo is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 36.89 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the Republic of the Congo ranks 103rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 10.16 Mbit/second was significantly lower (121st place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the internet in the Republic of the Congo from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in the Republic of the Congo 2009 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerThe Republic of the Congo is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 9 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 0 percent 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 - 2021



Distribution in 2021Congo
Total
Congo
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Broadband users15,137.000.26 %127.03 m38.27 %
Mobile cellulars5.56 m95.25 %361.62 m108.96 %

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