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Telecommunication in Vietnam

Compared to the United States, Vietnam has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +84, there were a total of 138.47 million connections in 2021. Among them were 135.35 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 189,553 webhosts, Vietnam is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 82.22 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Vietnam ranks 46th in an international comparison. The upload rate was 83.90 Mbit/second (23rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Vietnam comes 51st with a download speed of 42.07 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 18 Mbit was enough for 11th 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 Vietnam from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Vietnam 2002 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerVietnam is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 74 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 20 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

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Vietnam. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 139 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.



Distribution in 2021Vietnam
Total
Vietnam
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Broadband users19.33 m19.83 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines3.12 m3.20 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars135.35 m138.87 %361.62 m108.96 %

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