Telecommunication in El Salvador

Compared to the European Union, El Salvador is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +503, there were a total of 10.31 million connections in 2019. Among them were 9.43 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, El Salvador is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 8% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 24,070 webhosts, El Salvador is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 18.28 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, El Salvador ranked 135th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 5.7 Mbit/second was significantly lower (169th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, El Salvador comes 106th with a download speed of 19.19 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 121st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 El Salvador from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in El Salvador 2003 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019El Salvador
Total
El Salvador
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users492,265.007.63 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines881,334.0013.66 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars9.43 m146.17 %547.36 m122.31 %