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Telecommunication in Burma

Compared to the European Union, Burma is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +95, there were a total of 79.07 million connections in 2020. Among them were 78.55 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.

With about 1,055 webhosts, Burma is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 765 million of these, or about 73 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 17.26 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Burma ranked 124th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 15.52 Mbit/second (90th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Burma comes 77th with a download speed of 22.94 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was enough for 51st place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 Burma from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Burma 2005 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerBurma is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 35% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 1% 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 2020Burma
Internet users19.10 m35.10 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users688,815.001.27 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines523,951.000.96 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars78.55 m144.36 %540.56 m120.71 %

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