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Mobile communications and Internet in Tajikistan

Compared to the United States, Tajikistan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +992, there were a total of 12.09 million connections in 2021. Among them were 11.58 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 6,258 webhosts, Tajikistan is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 880 of these, or about 14 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed network

With an average download speed of 20.51 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Tajikistan ranks 130th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 21.68 Mbit/second (89th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Tajikistan comes 129th with a download speed of 11.38 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 5 Mbit was only enough for 135th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.

Mobile phone rates in Tajikistan

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 4.80 was calculated Tajikistan in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Tajikistan spends 5.5% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.

In 2021, 4G network coverage in Tajikistan was 80 percent of all residents. The 4G network standard includes both LTE and WiMAX.

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 Tajikistan from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Tajikistan 2003 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerTajikistan is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 22 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 0 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

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Distribution in 2021Tajikistan
Broadband users6,000.000.06 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines502,000.005.15 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars11.58 m118.81 %361.66 m108.97 %

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