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 m connections in 2019. Among them were 107.20 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 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 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 113.74 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Germany ranked 35th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 26.97 Mbit/second was significantly lower (70th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Germany comes 26th with a download speed of 62.27 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was enough for 47th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 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
Internet users73.27 m88.13 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users35.07 m42.19 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines40.40 m48.60 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars107.20 m128.95 %542.60 m121.25 %