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Telecommunication in Syria

Compared to the European Union, Syria is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +963, there were a total of 22.23 m connections in 2019. Among them were 19.39 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Syria is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 9% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 416 webhosts, Syria is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 9.3 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Syria ranked 167th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 11.27 Mbit/second (131st 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, Syria comes 101st with a download speed of 20.69 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was enough for 112nd 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 Syria from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Syria 2004 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Syria
Total
Syria
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users5.85 m34.25 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users1.49 m8.73 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines2.84 m16.66 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars19.39 m113.58 %542.60 m121.25 %