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Telecommunication in Palestine

Compared to the European Union, Palestine is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +970, there were a total of 4.74 million connections in 2020. Among them were 4.27 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.89 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.




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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 29.66 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Palestine ranked 100th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 7.1 Mbit/second was significantly lower (131st 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, West Bank comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th 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 Palestine from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Palestine 2004 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerPalestine is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 75% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 8% 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 1992 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020West Bank
Total
West Bank
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users3.58 m74.60 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users376,911.007.85 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines466,283.009.71 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars4.27 m88.98 %540.56 m120.71 %

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