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Telecommunication in Barbados

The development of telecommunications in Barbados is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +1-246, there were a total of 437,613 connections in 2021. Among them were 316,633 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 1,524 webhosts, Barbados is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 298 of these, or about 20 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 81.23 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Barbados ranks 50th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 53.21 Mbit/second (32nd place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2023 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Barbados from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Barbados 2003 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband internet in Barbados is roughly on a par with the USA. Around 82 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 36 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

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Barbados
Broadband users102,564.0036.47 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines120,980.0043.02 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars316,633.00112.60 %361.62 m108.96 %

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