Telecommunication in Sierra Leone

Compared to the European Union, Sierra Leone is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +232, there were a total of 6.88 m connections in 2020. Among them were 6.88 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.86 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Sierra Leone is back. Around 17% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 282 webhosts, Sierra Leone is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 12.29 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sierra Leone ranked 161st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 6.2 Mbit/second (170th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Sierra Leone comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Landlines189.000.00 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars6.88 m86.30 %541.96 m121.03 %