Telecommunication in KyrgyzstanCompared to the European Union, Kyrgyzstan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +996, there were a total of 8.81 million connections in 2020. Among them were 8.51 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.
With about 115,573 webhosts, Kyrgyzstan is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 2,771 million of these, or about 2 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 47.19 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Kyrgyzstan ranked 78th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 44.16 Mbit/second (37th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Kyrgyzstan comes 96th with a download speed of 19.40 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 84th place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 - 2020Kyrgyzstan is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 51% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 4% 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 2020||Kyrgyzstan|
|Broadband users||289,000.00||4.39 %||163.72 m||36.59 %|
|Landlines||299,000.00||4.54 %||160.15 m||35.79 %|
|Mobile cellulars||8.51 m||129.35 %||540.56 m||120.80 %|