Telecommunication in Croatia

Compared to the European Union, Croatia has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +385, there were a total of 5.74 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.40 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Croatia is back. Around 79% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 28% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 729,420 webhosts, Croatia is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 45.52 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Croatia ranked 73rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 19.90 Mbit/second was significantly lower (82nd 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, Croatia comes 18th with a download speed of 69.20 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 16 Mbit was enough for 26th 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 Croatia from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Croatia 2003 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Croatia
Total
Croatia
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users1.15 m28.39 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines1.33 m32.79 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.40 m108.29 %547.36 m122.31 %