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Telecommunication in Eswatini

Compared to the United States, Eswatini is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +268, there were a total of 1.28 million connections in 2021. Among them were 1.24 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 2,744 webhosts, Eswatini is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 128 of these, or about 5 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 5.2 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Eswatini ranks 171st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 4.4 Mbit/second (161st 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 Eswatini from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Eswatini 2008 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerEswatini is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 47 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 1 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 - 2020

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Eswatini. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 0 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

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