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Telecommunication in El Salvador

The development of telecommunications in El Salvador is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +503, there were a total of 11.93 million connections in 2021. Among them were 11.07 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.8 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 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 31.48 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, El Salvador ranks 108th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 6.2 Mbit/second was significantly lower (152nd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, El Salvador comes 92nd with a download speed of 22.19 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 72nd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 El Salvador from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in El Salvador 2003 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerEl Salvador is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 55 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 10 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

Distribution in 2021El Salvador
El Salvador
Broadband users613,403.009.71 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines856,090.0013.56 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars11.07 m175.34 %361.62 m108.96 %

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