Telecommunication in Turkey

Compared to the European Union, Turkey is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +90, there were a total of 92.32 million connections in 2019. Among them were 80.79 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.97 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Turkey is back. Around 74% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 17% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 7.09 million webhosts, Turkey is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in Turkey 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Turkey 2001 - 2019




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones in Turkey 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019 Turkey
Total
Turkey
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users 14.23 m 17.06 % 157.90 m 35.28 %
Landlines 11.53 m 13.82 % 166.16 m 37.13 %
Mobile cellulars 80.79 m 96.84 % 547.36 m 122.31 %