Telecommunication in the Gambia

Compared to the European Union, Gambia is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +220, there were a total of 3.23 million connections in 2019. Among them were 3.18 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Gambia is back. Around 20% 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 656 webhosts, Gambia is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 9.3 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Gambia ranked 164th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 8.6 Mbit/second (148th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Gambia comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 the Gambia from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in the Gambia 2004 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Gambia
Broadband users4,433.000.19 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines44,000.001.87 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars3.18 m135.51 %547.36 m122.31 %