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Telecommunication in Namibia

Compared to the European Union, Namibia is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +264, there were a total of 2.74 m connections in 2020. Among them were 2.59 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.0 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Namibia is back. Around 41% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 3% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 78,280 webhosts, Namibia is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 16.11 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Namibia ranked 148th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 12.03 Mbit/second (129th 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, Namibia comes 118th with a download speed of 19.59 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 79th 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 Namibia from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Namibia 2005 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Namibia
Total
Namibia
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users71,063.002.80 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines141,334.005.56 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars2.59 m102.10 %541.96 m121.03 %