Telecommunication in Hong Kong

Compared to the European Union, Hong Kong is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +852, there were a total of 25.51 million connections in 2019. Among them were 21.46 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 2.9 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in Hong Kong is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 92% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 37% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 870,041 webhosts, Hong Kong is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 222.92 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Hong Kong ranked 2nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 209.32 Mbit/second (2nd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Hong Kong comes 17th with a download speed of 70.62 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 17 Mbit was enough for 25th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 Hong Kong from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Hong Kong 1998 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Hong Kong
Total
Hong Kong
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users2.79 m37.13 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines4.05 m53.99 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars21.46 m285.79 %547.36 m122.31 %