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Telecommunication in Hong Kong

Compared to the United States, Hong Kong is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +852, there were a total of 27.80 million connections in 2021. Among them were 23.94 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 3.2 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 870,041 webhosts, Hong Kong is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 528,380 of these, or about 61 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 198.24 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Hong Kong ranks 4th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 145.43 Mbit/second (4th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Hong Kong comes 30th with a download speed of 61.12 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was only enough for 41st 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Hong Kong from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Hong Kong 1998 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband internet in Hong Kong is roughly on a par with the USA. Around 93 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 39 percent 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 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Broadband users2.92 m39.37 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines3.86 m52.02 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars23.94 m322.94 %361.62 m108.96 %

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