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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 8.23 million connections in 2021. Among them were 8.23 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.98 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 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 13.19 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sierra Leone ranks 141st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 6.7 Mbit/second (148th place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Sierra Leone from 1990 - 2020

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 Sierra Leone. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 98 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 2021Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Landlines269.000.00 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars8.23 m97.70 %361.62 m108.96 %

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