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Telecommunication in Qatar

The development of telecommunications in Qatar is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +974, there were a total of 4.38 m connections in 2019. Among them were 3.92 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Qatar is back. Around 100% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 10% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 897 webhosts, Qatar is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 101.08 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Qatar ranked 42nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 53.90 Mbit/second (36th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Qatar comes 2nd with a download speed of 171.15 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 26 Mbit was enough for 3rd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 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 Qatar from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Qatar 2002 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Qatar
Total
Qatar
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users2.82 m99.65 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users284,679.0010.05 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines461,289.0016.29 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars3.92 m138.33 %542.60 m121.25 %