Telecommunication in Germany

The development of telecommunications in Germany is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +49, there were a total of 145.80 m connections in 2020. Among them were 107.50 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Germany is very well in the race. Around 90% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 43% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 20.04 m webhosts, Germany is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 123.28 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Germany ranked 35th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 30.10 Mbit/second was significantly lower (68th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Germany comes 29th with a download speed of 68.44 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 44th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Germany
Internet users74.76 m89.81 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users36.04 m43.30 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines38.30 m46.01 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars107.50 m129.14 %541.96 m121.03 %