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Telecommunication in Costa Rica

The development of telecommunications in Costa Rica is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +506, there were a total of 8.39 million connections in 2021. Among them were 7.83 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 147,258 webhosts, Costa Rica is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 6,722 of these, or about 5 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 66.59 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Costa Rica ranks 62nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 17.77 Mbit/second was significantly lower (102nd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Costa Rica comes 78th with a download speed of 25.72 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was only enough for 115th 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 Costa Rica from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Costa Rica 2002 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerCosta Rica is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 83 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 21 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 Costa Rica. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 152 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 2021Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Broadband users1.06 m20.54 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines553,455.0010.74 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars7.83 m152.01 %361.62 m108.96 %

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