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Telecommunication in the United States of America

The development of telecommunications in the United States of America is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 453.00 million connections in 2020. Among them were 351.48 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.
With about 505.00 million webhosts, the United States of America is well above the world's average. At the end of 2020, 46.68 million of these, or about 9 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 182.63 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the United States of America ranked 6th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 22.43 Mbit/second was significantly lower (79th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, the United States comes 23rd with a download speed of 72.34 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was only enough for 102nd 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in the United States of America from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in the United States of America 1998 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in the United States of America is roughly on a par with the EU average. Around 91% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 37% 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 2020United States
United States
Internet users301.33 m90.90 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users121.18 m36.55 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines101.53 m30.63 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars351.48 m106.03 %540.56 m120.80 %

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