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Telecommunication in the United Kingdom

Compared to the United States, the United Kingdom is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +44, there were a total of 111.04 million connections in 2020. Among them were 79.01 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 8.11 million webhosts, the United Kingdom is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 2.45 million million of these, or about 30 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 65.68 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the United Kingdom ranked 54th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 18.27 Mbit/second was significantly lower (86th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, the United Kingdom comes 41st with a download speed of 43.74 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 7 Mbit was only enough for 111st place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 the United Kingdom from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in the United Kingdom 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe United Kingdom is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 95% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 41% 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 2.3 people per household, this means that around 93.4 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Internet users63.60 m94.82 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users27.33 m40.74 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines32.04 m47.76 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars79.01 m117.78 %351.48 m106.03 %

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