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Mobile communications and Internet in Antigua and Barbuda

Compared to the United States, Antigua and Barbuda is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +1-268, there were a total of 211,000 connections in 2021. Among them were 184,000 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 2.0 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 11,532 webhosts, Antigua and Barbuda is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 122 of these, or about 1 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed network

With an average download speed of 33.42 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Antigua and Barbuda rank 110th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 18.66 Mbit/second (103rd place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.

Mobile phone rates in Antigua and Barbuda

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 37.90 was calculated Antigua and Barbuda in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Antigua and Barbuda spends 3.1% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.

Lack of network coverage with 5G

A modern 5G network does not yet exist in Antigua and Barbuda (as of 2021). The penetration rate of 4G, i.e., mobile communications with at least LTE speed, was recently 99 percent. In other words, 932.19 people in the country had to make do with a maximum Internet speed of the outdated UMTS standard (or even less).

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 Antigua and Barbuda from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Antigua and Barbuda 2004 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerAntigua and Barbuda is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 96 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 9 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

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 Antigua and Barbuda. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 197 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.

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Distribution in 2021Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Internet users89,176.4695.66 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users8,000.008.58 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines27,000.0028.96 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars184,000.00197.38 %361.66 m108.97 %

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