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 6.34 million connections in 2019. Among them were 5.60 million 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 14% 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 102.59 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Panama ranked 36th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 17.76 Mbit/second was significantly lower (95th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Panama comes 114th with a download speed of 18.12 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 76th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Panama
Total
Panama
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users574,463.0013.53 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines741,269.0017.46 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars5.60 m131.85 %547.36 m122.31 %