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 17.04 million connections in 2019. Among them were 11.91 million 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.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in Portugal is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 75% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 39% 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.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 138.16 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Portugal ranked 25th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 61.46 Mbit/second was significantly lower (31st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Portugal comes 43rd with a download speed of 43.34 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 66th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Broadband internet in Portugal 1999 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Portugal
Total
Portugal
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users3.97 m38.64 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines5.13 m49.94 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars11.91 m115.97 %547.36 m122.31 %