Telecommunication in North Macedonia

Compared to the European Union, North Macedonia has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +389, there were a total of 2.24 m connections in 2020. Among them were 1.83 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.88 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, North Macedonia is back. Around 81% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 22% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 62,826 webhosts, North Macedonia is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 38.79 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, North Macedonia ranked 93rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 25.67 Mbit/second (75th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, North Macedonia comes 34th with a download speed of 61.33 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 21 Mbit was only enough for 11th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 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 North Macedonia from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in North Macedonia 2005 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Internet users1.70 m81.41 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users462,476.0022.20 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines408,618.0019.61 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars1.83 m88.02 %541.96 m121.03 %