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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 m connections in 2019. Among them were 9.43 m 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 20.95 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, El Salvador ranked 130th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 6.5 Mbit/second was significantly lower (164th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, El Salvador comes 119th with a download speed of 16.99 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 120th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 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
Internet users2.18 m33.82 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users492,265.007.63 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines881,334.0013.66 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars9.43 m146.17 %542.60 m121.25 %