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Telecommunication in Spain

The development of telecommunications in Spain is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +34, there were a total of 75.10 million connections in 2020. Among them were 55.65 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.

With about 4.23 million webhosts, Spain is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.02 million million of these, or about 24 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 129.61 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Spain ranked 11th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 99.92 Mbit/second (5th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Spain comes 55th with a download speed of 33.07 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was only enough for 87th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 Spain from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Spain 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in Spain is roughly on a par with the EU average. Around 93% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 34% 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. With around 2.5 people per household, this means that around 85.5 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Spain
Internet users44.13 m93.21 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users16.19 m34.19 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines19.46 m41.09 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars55.65 m117.52 %540.56 m120.71 %

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