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Telecommunication in Panama

Compared to the United States, Panama has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +507, there were a total of 6.79 million connections in 2021. Among them were 6.00 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 11,022 webhosts, Panama is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 6,371 of these, or about 58 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 110.96 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Panama ranks 24th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 14.73 Mbit/second was significantly lower (107th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Panama comes 119th with a download speed of 14.17 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was enough for 52nd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in October 2022 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Panama from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Panama 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerPanama is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 64 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 13 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 2021Panama
Broadband users572,908.0013.17 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines790,486.0018.17 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars6.00 m137.97 %361.62 m108.96 %

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