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Telecommunication in Suriname

Compared to the European Union, Suriname has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +597, there were a total of 906,600 connections in 2019. Among them were 813,844 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Suriname is back. Around 49% 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 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 14.37 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Suriname ranked 154th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 6.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (169th 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, Suriname comes 66th with a download speed of 36.73 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was only enough for 45th 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 Suriname from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Suriname 2002 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Suriname
Total
Suriname
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users284,549.2848.95 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users80,320.0013.82 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines92,756.0015.95 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars813,844.00139.99 %542.60 m121.33 %