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Telecommunication in Jamaica

Compared to the United States, Jamaica is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +1876, there were a total of 3.38 million connections in 2021. Among them were 2.91 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.0 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 3,906 webhosts, Jamaica is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 475 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 49.97 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Jamaica ranks 79th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 32.10 Mbit/second (58th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Jamaica comes 65th with a download speed of 32.76 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was only enough for 104th 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 Jamaica from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Jamaica 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerJamaica is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 55 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 15 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 2021Jamaica
Total
Jamaica
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Broadband users413,500.0014.62 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines473,617.0016.75 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars2.91 m102.75 %361.62 m108.96 %

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