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Which Country Has the Highest Fixed Line Penetration?

Fixed Line Penetration (As % of Population) (%), 2020 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | April 1, 2022
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Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2020, Monaco ranked the highest in fixed line penetration as a percentage of population with 111% followed by Malta and France. On the other end of the scale was Somalia with < 0.001%, Sierra Leone with 0.002% and Chad with 0.033%.

Average fixed line penetration as a percentage of population reached 12.3% in 2020 in the World according to World Bank. This is 2.48 % less than in the previous year and -44.2 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average fixed line penetration as a percentage of population reached an all time high of 19.4% in 2005 and an all time low of 5.02% in 1969. The average annual growth amounted to 1.27 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Fixed Line Penetration (As % of Population) indicator page.

Fixed Line Penetration (As % of Population) Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Austria % 40.8% 41.6% 40.8% 42.1% 42.0%
Belarus % 47.9% 48.1% 47.8% 47.6% 47.5%
Cayman Islands % 54.1% 54.3% 54.5% 54.9% 54.9% ...
France % 60.4% 60.4% 60.3% 59.7% 58.7%
Germany % 57.7% 55.4% 55.1% 53.7% 51.1%
Greece % 49.7% 49.3% 49.0% 49.0% 48.3%
Hong Kong % 61.9% 60.3% 59.6% 58.2% 56.9%
Japan % 49.6% 49.8% 50.2% 50.2% 49.9%
Luxembourg % 48.9% 48.9% 47.7% 46.5% 45.3%
Malta % 53.5% 53.1% 53.7% 54.9% 58.2%
Monaco % 136% 130% 122% 122% 112%
Portugal % 44.0% 45.2% 46.4% 47.0% 49.5%
South Korea % 58.3% 56.8% 55.0% 52.5% 50.6%
Spain % 41.1% 41.5% 41.8% 42.0% 42.3%
United Kingdom % 50.8% 50.4% 49.2% 47.6% 46.9%