Telecommunication in Panama

Compared to the European Union, Panama has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +507, there were a total of 6.32 m connections in 2020. Among them were 5.71 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Panama is back. Around 64% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 13% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 11,022 webhosts, Panama is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 126.37 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Panama ranked 34th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 19.04 Mbit/second was significantly lower (101st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Panama comes 113rd with a download speed of 20.49 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was only enough for 71st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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 Panama from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Panama 2001 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Panama
Broadband users562,413.0013.03 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines616,698.0014.29 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars5.71 m132.29 %541.96 m121.03 %