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Telecommunication in Iceland

The development of telecommunications in Iceland is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +354, there were a total of 528,416 connections in 2020. Among them were 421,384 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 369,969 webhosts, Iceland is well above the world's average. At the end of 2020, 27,673 million of these, or about 7 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

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 Iceland from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Iceland 1999 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in Iceland is roughly on a par with the EU average. Around 99% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 39% 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 2.3 people per household, this means that around 89.0 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Iceland
Total
Iceland
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users362,760.7599.00 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users141,816.0038.70 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines107,032.0029.21 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars421,384.00115.00 %540.56 m120.71 %

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