Telecommunication in Kuwait

The development of telecommunications in Kuwait is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +965, there were a total of 7.35 m connections in 2020. Among them were 6.77 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.6 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Kuwait is back. Around 99% 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 2,771 webhosts, Kuwait is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 138.49 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Kuwait ranked 30th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 32.50 Mbit/second was significantly lower (60th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Kuwait comes 7th with a download speed of 132.36 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 24 Mbit was only enough for 5th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 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 Kuwait from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Kuwait 2001 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Kuwait
Internet users4.21 m98.60 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users73,948.001.73 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines583,463.0013.66 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars6.77 m158.54 %541.96 m121.03 %