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 170,545 connections in 2019. Among them were 165,761 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 - 2019

Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones in Sao Tome and Principe 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019 Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe
Broadband users 1,642.00 0.76 % 157.90 m 35.28 %
Landlines 4,784.00 2.22 % 166.16 m 37.13 %
Mobile cellulars 165,761.00 77.08 % 547.36 m 122.31 %