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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 25.77 million connections in 2020. Among them were 21.87 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.

With about 870,041 webhosts, Hong Kong is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 528,380 million 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 163.37 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Hong Kong ranked 6th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 104.93 Mbit/second (5th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Hong Kong comes 38th with a download speed of 46.53 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was only enough for 53rd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Hong Kong from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Hong Kong 1998 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in Hong Kong is roughly on a par with the EU average. Around 92% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 39% 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 2020Hong Kong
Total
Hong Kong
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users6.91 m92.41 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users2.89 m38.57 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines3.90 m52.13 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars21.87 m292.25 %540.56 m120.71 %

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