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Mobile communications and Internet in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Compared to the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +387, there were a total of 4.42 million connections in 2021. Among them were 3.73 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 155,252 webhosts, Bosnia and Herzegovina is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 10,382 of these, or about 7 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 26.04 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Bosnia and Herzegovina ranks 119th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 6.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (150th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Bosnia and Herzegovina comes 84th with a download speed of 25.81 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was enough for 32nd 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 12.80 was calculated Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much.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 Bosnia and Herzegovina spends 2.5% 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.

Lack of network coverage with 5G

A modern 5G network does not yet exist in Bosnia and Herzegovina (as of 2021). The penetration rate of 4G, i.e., mobile communications with at least LTE speed, was recently 93 percent. In other words, 228,966.01 people in the country had to make do with a maximum Internet speed of the outdated UMTS standard (or even less).

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerBosnia and Herzegovina is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 76 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 24 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 1992 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Internet users2.48 m75.68 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users797,893.0024.39 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines689,295.0021.07 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars3.73 m114.00 %361.66 m108.97 %

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