Telecommunication in Albania

Compared to the European Union, Albania is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +355, there were a total of 2.87 million connections in 2019. Among them were 2.63 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.92 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Albania is back. Around 70% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 15% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 15,528 webhosts, Albania is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 41.26 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Albania ranked 84th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 19.09 Mbit/second was significantly lower (88th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Albania comes 30th with a download speed of 54.16 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 16 Mbit was enough for 32nd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 Albania from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Albania 2005 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Albania
Broadband users436,192.0015.28 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines242,859.008.51 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars2.63 m92.15 %547.36 m122.31 %