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Telecommunication in Qatar

The development of telecommunications in Qatar is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +974, there were a total of 4.34 million connections in 2021. Among them were 3.88 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

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 88.80 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Qatar ranks 40th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 54.10 Mbit/second (32nd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Qatar comes 1st with a download speed of 169.51 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 25 Mbit was only enough for 3rd 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 Qatar from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Qatar 2002 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerQatar is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 100 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 12 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 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Qatar
Broadband users311,888.0011.60 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines460,240.0017.12 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars3.88 m144.20 %361.62 m108.96 %

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