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Telecommunication in Kyrgyzstan

Compared to the European Union, Kyrgyzstan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +996, there were a total of 8.92 m connections in 2020. Among them were 8.62 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Kyrgyzstan is back. Around 38% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 4% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 115,573 webhosts, Kyrgyzstan is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 46.47 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Kyrgyzstan ranked 84th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 45.48 Mbit/second (47th 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, Kyrgyzstan comes 96th with a download speed of 24.19 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 89th 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 Kyrgyzstan from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Kyrgyzstan 2002 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019