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Telecommunication in Moldova

The development of telecommunications in Moldova is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +373, there were a total of 4.45 million connections in 2020. Among them were 3.42 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 711,564 webhosts, Moldova is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 14,705 million of these, or about 2 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 93.92 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Moldova ranked 28th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 88.39 Mbit/second (15th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Moldova comes 60th with a download speed of 31.53 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was only enough for 68th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 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 Moldova from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Moldova 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerMoldova is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 76% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 27% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Moldova
Broadband users719,001.0027.44 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines1.03 m39.22 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars3.42 m130.52 %540.56 m120.71 %

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