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Telecommunication in Greenland

Compared to the United States, Greenland has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +299, there were a total of 72,957 connections in 2021. Among them were 66,605 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 15,645 webhosts, Greenland is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 232 of these, or about 1 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

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 Greenland from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Greenland 2003 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerGreenland is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 69 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 30 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Greenland. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 118 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

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Distribution in 2021Greenland
Broadband users16,781.0029.62 %127.03 m38.27 %
Mobile cellulars66,605.00117.57 %361.62 m108.96 %

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