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Telecommunication in El Salvador

Compared to the United States, El Salvador has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +503, there were a total of 10.84 million connections in 2020. Among them were 9.95 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 24,070 webhosts, El Salvador is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 876 million of these, or about 4 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 25.46 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, El Salvador ranked 112nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 5.7 Mbit/second was significantly lower (143rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, El Salvador comes 89th with a download speed of 21.76 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 61st place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in El Salvador 2003 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerEl Salvador is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 55% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 9% 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 2020El Salvador
El Salvador
Internet users3.54 m54.60 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users586,000.009.03 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines894,000.0013.78 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars9.95 m153.39 %351.48 m106.03 %

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