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Telecommunication in Tuvalu

Compared to the European Union, 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 EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 145,158 webhosts, Tuvalu is well above the world's average. At the end of 2020, 3 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 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars9,000.0076.32 %540.56 m120.71 %

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