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Telecommunication in Papua New Guinea

Compared to the United States, Papua New Guinea is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +675, there were a total of 4.98 million connections in 2020. Among them were 4.82 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.54 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 5,006 webhosts, Papua New Guinea is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2019, 498 million of these, or about 10 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 10.37 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Papua New Guinea ranked 144th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 2.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (172nd place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Papua New Guinea comes 78th with a download speed of 24.01 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 18th 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 Papua New Guinea from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Papua New Guinea 2008 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerPapua New Guinea is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 11% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 0% 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 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Broadband users21,000.000.23 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines166,000.001.86 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars4.82 m53.85 %351.48 m106.03 %

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