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Telecommunication in Sao Tome and Principe

Compared to the European Union, Sao Tome and Principe is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +239, there were a total of 176,993 connections in 2020. Among them were 174,203 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.79 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 1,678 webhosts, Sao Tome and Principe is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 7 million of these, or about 0 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

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 Sao Tome and Principe from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Sao Tome and Principe 2006 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerSao Tome and Principe is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 33% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 1% 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 2020Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe
Internet users72,323.1333.00 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users2,512.001.15 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines2,790.001.27 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars174,203.0079.49 %540.56 m120.71 %

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