Telecommunication in Bhutan

Compared to the European Union, Bhutan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +975, there were a total of 719,454.00 connections in 2016. Among them were 698,373.00 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.88 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Bhutan is back. Around 42% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 2% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 14,590.00 webhosts, Bhutan 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 Bhutan 1990 - 2016




Broadband internet in Bhutan 2008 - 2016




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2016




Mobile phones in Bhutan 1990 - 2016




Spreading in 2016 Bhutan
Total
Bhutan
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users 333,247.54 41.77 % 413.91 m 80.94 %
Broadband users 16,489.00 2.07 % 169.43 m 33.13 %
Landlines 21,081.00 2.64 % 211.93 m 41.44 %
Mobile cellulars 698,373.00 87.54 % 630.13 m 123.23 %