Telecommunication in Samoa

Compared to the European Union, Samoa is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +685, there were a total of 132,665 connections in 2018. Among them were 124,211 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.64 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Samoa is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 18,013 webhosts, Samoa is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in Samoa 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in Samoa 2004 - 2017




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2017




Mobile phones in Samoa 1990 - 2017