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Telecommunication in Germany

Compared to the United States, Germany is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +49, there were a total of 145.00 million connections in 2021. Among them were 106.40 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 of these, or about 40 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 77.34 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Germany ranks 49th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 26.52 Mbit/second was significantly lower (66th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Germany comes 37th with a download speed of 57.27 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 65th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in October 2022 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Germany from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Germany 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerGermany is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 91 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 44 percent 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 88.7 percent of all households are equipped with a high-speed internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in the number of fixed-network phones also indicate a change here. While the number of fixed-network phones has declined over the past few years, the number of cell phones has increased noticeably at the same time. Most recently, there were 128 cell phone contracts per 100 people. This trend can be observed worldwide, but is not yet as pronounced in Wakanda as in some other countries.

Distribution in 2021Germany
Broadband users36.88 m44.33 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines38.60 m46.40 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars106.40 m127.89 %361.62 m108.96 %

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