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Telecommunication in Malta

Compared to the United States, Malta is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +356, there were a total of 907,931 connections in 2021. Among them were 649,919 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 14,754 webhosts, Malta is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 7,445 of these, or about 50 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 100.64 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malta ranks 32nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 20.85 Mbit/second was significantly lower (90th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Malta comes 38th with a download speed of 53.38 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was only enough for 39th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2023 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Malta from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Malta 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerMalta is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 87 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 43 percent 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.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Malta
Internet users453,562.2787.47 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users221,198.0042.66 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines258,012.0049.76 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars649,919.00125.34 %361.66 m108.97 %

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