Telecommunication in Afghanistan

Compared to the European Union, Afghanistan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +93, there were a total of 22.10 million connections in 2018. Among them were 21.98 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.59 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.4 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Afghanistan is back. Around 14% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 223 webhosts, Afghanistan is below the world's average by population.


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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 Afghanistan 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in Afghanistan 2004 - 2018




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2018




Mobile phones in Afghanistan 1990 - 2018




Spreading in 2018 Afghanistan
Total
Afghanistan
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users 15,999.00 0.04 % 179.09 m 40.08 %
Landlines 127,794.00 0.34 % 203.06 m 45.45 %
Mobile cellulars 21.98 m 59.12 % 624.64 m 139.81 %