Suriname Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 92,756

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 15.37 (2019 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 813,844

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 134.9 (2019 est.)

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

smallest nation in South America with low population and client base; state-owned fixed-line tele-density rates and broadband services below regional average for Latin America and Caribbean; operator building out fiber network; mobile penetration is above regional average; fixed-line effective along the coastline yet poor in the interior; competition in the mobile sector; launch of 5G in Paramaribo; importer of broadcasting equipment from USA (2021)


domestic: fixed-line 16 per 100 and mobile-cellular teledensity 140 telephones per 100 persons; microwave radio relay network is in place (2019)

international: country code - 597; landing point for the SG-SCS submarine cable linking South America with the Caribbean; satellite earth stations - 2 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

2 state-owned TV stations; 1 state-owned radio station; multiple private radio and TV stations (2019)

Internet country code


Internet users

total: 292,685

percent of population: 48.95% (July 2018 est.)

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 80,320

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 13.31 (2019 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Suriname 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 Suriname 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Suriname 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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