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Telecommunication in Jamaica

Compared to the European Union, Jamaica is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +1876, there were a total of 3.31 million connections in 2020. Among them were 2.87 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.97 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 3,906 webhosts, Jamaica is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 475 million of these, or about 12 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 37.34 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Jamaica ranked 89th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 11.51 Mbit/second was significantly lower (100th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Jamaica comes 63rd with a download speed of 31.03 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was only enough for 105th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 Jamaica from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Jamaica 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerJamaica is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 55% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 13% 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 2020Jamaica
Total
Jamaica
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users385,603.0013.02 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines436,249.0014.73 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars2.87 m97.03 %540.56 m120.80 %

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