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Telecommunication in Palau

Compared to the United States, Palau has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +680, there were a total of 32,000 connections in 2021. Among them were 24,000 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about four webhosts, Palau is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

This is how much a mobile phone contract costs in Palau

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 20.10 was calculated Palau in 2021. Compared to the previous year, this amount decreased by 1 cents.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Palau spends 1.9% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $41.80.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Palau from 1990 - 2004

Broadband internet in Palau 2004 - 2019

Symbol image: cell towerPalau is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 27 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 7 percent 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.

Landlines 2002 - 2021

Mobile phones 2002 - 2021

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Palau
Landlines8,000.0044.39 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars24,000.00133.16 %361.66 m108.97 %

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