Sao Tome and Principe Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 4,784

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 2.31 (2019 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 165,761

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 79.9 (2019 est.)

Telecommunication systems

general assessment: local telephone network of adequate quality with most lines connected to digital switches; mobile cellular superior choice to landland; dial-up quality low; broadband expensive (2018)

domestic: fixed-line 2 per 100 and mobile-cellular teledensity 77 telephones per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 239; landing points for the Ultramar GE and ACE submarine cables from South Africa to over 20 West African countries and Europe; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

1 government-owned TV station; 1 government-owned radio station; 3 independent local radio stations authorized in 2005 with 2 operating at the end of 2006; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters are available

Internet country code


Internet users

total: 61,193

percent of population: 29.93% (July 2018 est.)

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 1,642

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 1 (2018 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Sao Tome and Principe on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sao Tome and Principe 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sao Tome and Principe 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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