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Telecommunication in Sao Tome and Principe

Compared to the United States, Sao Tome and Principe is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +239, there were a total of 191,858 connections in 2021. Among them were 189,239 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.85 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 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, seven 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 percent 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 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerSao Tome and Principe is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 33 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 2 percent 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 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Sao Tome and Principe. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 85 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

Distribution in 2021Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe
Broadband users3,423.001.53 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines2,619.001.17 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars189,239.0084.82 %361.62 m108.96 %

United States of America: TelecommunicationTelecommunication in the United States of AmericaComparison of technological development and communication in the United States of America with the countries of the European Union
Language: ChineseChinese - Worldwide distributionInternational distribution of mother tongue Chinese including regional allocations. Mainly in in China.
Alliance: ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian NationsMembers of the ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian NationsThe 10 members of the ASEAN trade agreement, listed with area and population (8.5% of world population)