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Telecommunication in Palestine

Compared to the United States, Palestine is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +970, there were a total of 4.54 million connections in 2021. Among them were 4.05 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.82 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 53.07 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Palestine ranks 73rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 38.04 Mbit/second (49th place).

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent 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 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerPalestine is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 75 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 8 percent 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 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Palestine
Broadband users405,014.008.23 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines485,829.009.87 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars4.05 m82.33 %361.62 m108.96 %

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