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Telecommunication in Lebanon

Compared to the European Union, Lebanon is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +961, there were a total of 5.16 million connections in 2020. Among them were 4.29 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.63 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 64,926 webhosts, Lebanon is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,838 million of these, or about 3 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 7.5 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Lebanon ranked 160th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 4.2 Mbit/second (156th 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, Lebanon comes 89th with a download speed of 19.22 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 6 Mbit was only enough for 123rd 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 Lebanon from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Lebanon 2002 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerLebanon is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 84% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 6% 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 2020Lebanon
Internet users5.74 m84.10 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users432,070.006.33 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines875,480.0012.83 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars4.29 m62.83 %540.56 m120.71 %

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