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Telecommunication in Kuwait

The development of telecommunications in Kuwait is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +965, there were a total of 7.35 million connections in 2020. Among them were 6.77 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.6 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 2,771 webhosts, Kuwait is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,770 million of these, or about 64 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 120.09 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Kuwait ranked 14th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 26.22 Mbit/second was significantly lower (59th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Kuwait comes 5th with a download speed of 106.67 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 21 Mbit was enough for 3rd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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

Symbol image: cell towerKuwait is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 99% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 2% 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 2020Kuwait
Internet users4.23 m99.11 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users73,948.001.73 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines583,463.0013.66 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars6.77 m158.54 %351.48 m106.03 %

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