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Telecommunication in Suriname

The development of telecommunications in Suriname is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +597, there were a total of 1.00 million connections in 2020. Among them were 899,339 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 188 webhosts, Suriname is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 11.02 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Suriname ranked 139th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 2.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (168th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Suriname comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th place.

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

Access to the Internet in Suriname from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Suriname 2002 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerSuriname is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 70% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 16% 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 2020Suriname
Internet users410,995.7870.06 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users92,270.0015.73 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines103,240.0017.60 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars899,339.00153.30 %540.56 m120.71 %

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