Telecommunication in GermanyCompared to the United States, Germany is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +49, there were a total of 145.70 million connections in 2020. Among them were 107.40 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.
With about 20.04 million webhosts, Germany is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 8.11 million million of these, or about 40 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 72.82 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Germany ranked 48th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 25.43 Mbit/second was significantly lower (63rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Germany comes 31st with a download speed of 53.34 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 58th 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 Germany from 1990 - 2020
Broadband internet in Germany 2000 - 2020Germany is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 90% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 44% 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. With around 2.0 people per household, this means that around 87.1 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.
Landlines 1990 - 2020
Mobile phones 1990 - 2020
|Distribution in 2020||Germany|
|Internet users||74.69 m||89.81 %||301.33 m||90.90 %|
|Broadband users||36.22 m||43.55 %||121.18 m||36.55 %|
|Landlines||38.30 m||46.06 %||101.53 m||30.63 %|
|Mobile cellulars||107.40 m||129.15 %||351.48 m||106.03 %|