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Telecommunication in Latvia

Compared to the European Union, Latvia has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +371, there were a total of 2.26 million connections in 2020. Among them were 2.05 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Latvia is back. Around 89% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 26% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 359,604 webhosts, Latvia is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 38,634 million of these, or about 11 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 135.22 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Latvia ranked 36th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 134.15 Mbit/second (18th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 25th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Latvia comes 54th with a download speed of 50.07 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 99th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in September 2021 from 181 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 Latvia from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Latvia 2000 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Latvia
Total
Latvia
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users1.69 m88.90 %393.47 m87.87 %
Broadband users503,804.0026.49 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines211,849.0011.14 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars2.05 m107.88 %541.96 m121.03 %

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