Telecommunication in Germany

Compared to the European Union, Germany is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +49, there were a total of 147.60 million connections in 2019. Among them were 107.20 million 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 88% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 20.04 million 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 118.04 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Germany ranked 32nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 27.53 Mbit/second was significantly lower (63rd 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, Germany comes 27th with a download speed of 57.74 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was enough for 49th 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 Germany from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Germany 2000 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Germany
Total
Germany
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users35.07 m42.19 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines40.40 m48.60 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars107.20 m128.95 %547.36 m122.31 %