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Telecommunication in Tuvalu

Compared to the United States, Tuvalu is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +688, there were a total of 11,000 connections in 2020. Among them were 9,000 mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.76 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 145,158 webhosts, Tuvalu is well above the world's average. At the end of 2020, three million of these, or about 0 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

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 Tuvalu from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Tuvalu 2004 - 2019

Symbol image: cell towerTuvalu is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 49% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 4% 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 2020Tuvalu
Landlines2,000.0016.96 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars9,000.0076.32 %351.48 m106.03 %

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