Telecommunication in Papua New Guinea

Compared to the European Union, Papua New Guinea is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +675, there were a total of 4.18 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.02 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.46 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Papua New Guinea is back. Around 11% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5,006 webhosts, Papua New Guinea is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 29.99 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Papua New Guinea ranked 100th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 18.60 Mbit/second (89th 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, Papua New Guinea comes th with a download speed of 0 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 0 Mbit was enough for th 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 Papua New Guinea from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Papua New Guinea 2008 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Papua New Guinea
Total
Papua New Guinea
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users18,000.000.21 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines158,000.001.80 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.02 m45.78 %547.36 m122.31 %