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Telecommunication in Ethiopia

Compared to the United States, Ethiopia is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +251, there were a total of 45.75 million connections in 2021. Among them were 44.50 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.38 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 179 webhosts, Ethiopia is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 6.3 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Ethiopia ranks 168th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 7.8 Mbit/second (140th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Ethiopia comes 103rd with a download speed of 18.49 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 25th 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 Ethiopia from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Ethiopia 2003 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerEthiopia is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 17 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 - 2020

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