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 6.73 million connections in 2019. Among them were 6.73 million 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 13% 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

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 Sierra Leone 1990 - 2017




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones in Sierra Leone 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019 Sierra Leone
Total
Sierra Leone
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Landlines 3,434.00 0.04 % 166.16 m 37.13 %
Mobile cellulars 6.73 m 86.13 % 547.36 m 122.31 %