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 million connections in 2020. Among them were 11.85 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 million webhosts, Portugal is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 228,378 million of these, or about 6 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

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
Internet users8.07 m78.26 %393.47 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 %

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