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Telecommunication in Sierra Leone

Compared to the United States, Sierra Leone is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +232, there were a total of 6.88 million connections in 2020. Among them were 6.88 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.86 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 282 webhosts, Sierra Leone is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 52 million of these, or about 18 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 10.73 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sierra Leone ranked 143rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 5.3 Mbit/second was significantly lower (147th place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 Sierra Leone from 1990 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Sierra Leone
Total
Sierra Leone
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Internet users1.44 m18.00 %301.33 m90.90 %
Landlines189.000.00 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars6.88 m86.30 %351.48 m106.03 %

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