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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 4.25 million connections in 2020. Among them were 3.80 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 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 94.25 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Qatar ranked 30th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 60.93 Mbit/second (26th 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, Qatar comes 2nd with a download speed of 129.36 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 23 Mbit was only enough for 3rd 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 Qatar from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Qatar 2002 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerQatar is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 100% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 10% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Qatar
Total
Qatar
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users2.87 m99.65 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users296,126.0010.28 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines454,701.0015.78 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars3.80 m131.84 %540.56 m120.71 %

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