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Telecommunication in Portugal

The development of telecommunications in Portugal is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +351, there were a total of 17.07 m connections in 2020. Among them were 11.85 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Portugal is very well in the race. Around 78% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 40% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 3.75 m webhosts, Portugal is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 155.52 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Portugal ranked 26th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 68.99 Mbit/second was significantly lower (30th 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, Portugal comes 44th with a download speed of 53.28 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 58th 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 Portugal from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Portugal 1999 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Portugal
Total
Portugal
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users8.07 m78.26 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users4.16 m40.38 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines5.21 m50.58 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars11.85 m115.03 %541.96 m121.03 %