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 5.12 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.24 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.62 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Lebanon is back. Around 78% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 6% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 64,926 webhosts, Lebanon is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 10.88 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Lebanon ranked 158th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 6.8 Mbit/second (159th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Lebanon comes 53rd with a download speed of 38.98 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 65th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Broadband internet in Lebanon 2002 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Lebanon
Total
Lebanon
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users420,000.006.13 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines882,175.0012.87 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.24 m61.82 %547.36 m122.31 %