Telecommunication in the United States

The development of telecommunications in the United States is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 517.41 million connections in 2016. Among them were 395.88 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in the United States is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 76% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 33% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 505.00 million webhosts, the United States is well above the world's average.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in the United States 1990 - 2016




Broadband internet in the United States 1998 - 2016




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2016




Mobile phones in the United States 1990 - 2016




Spreading in 2016 United States
Total
United States
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users 246.36 m 76.18 % 413.79 m 80.94 %
Broadband users 106.33 m 32.88 % 169.43 m 33.14 %
Landlines 121.53 m 37.58 % 211.93 m 41.46 %
Mobile cellulars 395.88 m 122.41 % 630.13 m 123.26 %