Telecommunication in France

The development of telecommunications in France is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +33, there were a total of 109.84 million connections in 2019. Among them were 72.04 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 France is very well in the race. Around 83% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 44% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 17.27 million webhosts, France is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 177.25 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, France ranked 9th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 124.32 Mbit/second (13th 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, France comes 34th with a download speed of 51.86 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 99th 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 France from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in France 1998 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019France
Broadband users29.76 m44.38 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines37.80 m56.36 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars72.04 m107.43 %547.36 m122.31 %