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Telecommunication in the Kosovo

Compared to the European Union, the Kosovo is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +383, there were a total of 668,300 connections in 2019. Among them were 562,000 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.31 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, the Kosovo is back. Around 89% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).




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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 49.03 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the Kosovo ranked 75th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 19.39 Mbit/second was significantly lower (93rd 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, the Kosovo comes 72nd with a download speed of 29.22 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was only enough for 43rd 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.


Landlines 2005 - 2019

Mobile phones 2005 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Kosovo
Total
Kosovo
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Landlines106,300.005.92 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars562,000.0031.32 %542.60 m121.25 %