Telecommunication in Madagascar

Compared to the European Union, Madagascar is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +261, there were a total of 10.72 m connections in 2020. Among them were 10.65 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.40 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Madagascar is back. Around 10% 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 38,392 webhosts, Madagascar is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 39.16 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Madagascar ranked 92nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was 41.02 Mbit/second (50th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Madagascar 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 Mai 2021 from 180 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 Madagascar from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Madagascar 2006 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019