Telecommunication in Eritrea

Compared to the European Union, Eritrea is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +291, there were a total of 761,170 connections in 2019. Among them were 695,000 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.20 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Eritrea is back. Around 1% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 701 webhosts, Eritrea is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in Eritrea 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in Eritrea 2008 - 2017




Landlines in the years 1992 - 2017




Mobile phones in Eritrea 1990 - 2017