Telecommunication in LesothoCompared to the United States, Lesotho is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +266, there were a total of 1.57 million connections in 2020. Among them were 1.56 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.73 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.
With about 11,030 webhosts, Lesotho is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 150 million of these, or about 1 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 19.85 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Lesotho ranked 123rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 14.56 Mbit/second (97th place).
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 Lesotho from 1990 - 2020
Broadband internet in Lesotho 2004 - 2020Lesotho is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 43% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 0% 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
|Distribution in 2020||Lesotho|
|Internet users||921,168.36||43.00 %||301.33 m||90.90 %|
|Broadband users||5,060.00||0.24 %||121.18 m||36.55 %|
|Landlines||11,574.00||0.54 %||101.53 m||30.63 %|
|Mobile cellulars||1.56 m||72.94 %||351.48 m||106.03 %|