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Telecommunication in Italy

The development of telecommunications in Italy is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +39, there were a total of 97.19 million connections in 2020. Among them were 77.58 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 25.66 million webhosts, Italy is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.23 million of these, or about 5 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 57.09 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Italy ranked 67th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 19.10 Mbit/second was significantly lower (87th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Italy comes 52nd with a download speed of 40.36 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was only enough for 88th 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Italy from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Italy 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerItaly is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 70% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 30% 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 70.6 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Italy
Internet users41.90 m70.48 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users18.13 m30.49 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines19.61 m32.98 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars77.58 m130.50 %351.48 m106.03 %

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