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 167,909 connections in 2018. Among them were 162,610 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.77 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Sao Tome and Principe is back. Around 30% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 1,678 webhosts, Sao Tome and Principe is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in Sao Tome and Principe 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in Sao Tome and Principe 2006 - 2018




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2018




Mobile phones in Sao Tome and Principe 1990 - 2018




Spreading in 2018 Sao Tome and Principe
Total
Sao Tome and Principe
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users 1,557.00 0.74 % 152.50 m 34.13 %
Landlines 5,299.00 2.51 % 171.14 m 38.31 %
Mobile cellulars 162,610.00 77.06 % 545.16 m 122.02 %