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Telecommunication in France

Compared to the United States, France is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +33, there were a total of 110.51 million connections in 2020. Among them were 72.75 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 17.27 million webhosts, France is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 2.44 million million of these, or about 14 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 100.15 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, France ranked 25th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 83.52 Mbit/second (18th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, France comes 27th with a download speed of 56.78 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 7 Mbit was only enough for 116th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in France 1998 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerFrance is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 85% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 45% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020France
Internet users57.14 m84.80 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users30.63 m45.45 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines37.76 m56.04 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars72.75 m107.97 %351.48 m106.03 %

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