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Telecommunication in the Dominican Republic

Compared to the European Union, the Dominican Republic is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +1809, there were a total of 10.15 million connections in 2020. Among them were 8.99 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.83 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 404,500 webhosts, the Dominican Republic is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,375 million of these, or about 0 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 16.15 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the Dominican Republic ranked 126th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 5.3 Mbit/second was significantly lower (140th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, the Dominican Republic comes 85th with a download speed of 20.58 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 7 Mbit was only enough for 118th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2022 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 the Dominican Republic from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in the Dominican Republic 2003 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe Dominican Republic is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 77% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 10% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Dominican Republic
Total
Dominican Republic
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users8.34 m76.90 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users1.03 m9.51 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines1.16 m10.65 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars8.99 m82.87 %540.56 m120.71 %

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