Which Country Has the Highest Fixed Line Penetration?

Fixed Line Penetration (As % of Population) (%), 2017 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2018, Monaco ranked the highest in fixed line penetration as a percentage of population with 121% followed by France and Hong Kong. On the other end of the scale was Taiwan with 0%, Somalia with < 0.001% and Central African Republic with 0.043%.

Average fixed line penetration as a percentage of population reached 12.7% in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 2.82 % less than in the previous year and -46.2 % 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 6.00% in 1975. The average annual growth amounted to 1.56 % since 1960.

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

Fixed Line Penetration (As % of Population) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Belarus % 44.4% 46.5% 47.1% 47.6% 47.9%
Cayman Islands % 65.8% 65.0% 62.9% 55.6% 55.9%
France % 63.7% 62.4% 61.1% 60.5% 60.4%
Germany % 63.5% 61.8% 59.9% 57.7% 55.5%
Greece % 50.3% 48.0% 47.6% 47.2% 46.9%
Hong Kong % 61.5% 61.7% 61.8% 61.4% 59.8%
Iceland % 59.1% 55.3% 51.4% 52.2% 50.9%
Japan % 50.3% 50.0% 49.9% 49.6% 49.8%
Luxembourg % 53.7% 50.1% 49.1% 48.7% 48.9%
Malta % 55.5% 54.6% 54.7% 54.1% 53.8%
Monaco % 119% 121% 123% 133% 128%
Portugal % 42.8% 43.1% 43.0% 43.8% 44.9%
South Korea % 59.2% 60.3% 60.5% 58.5% 57.1%
Switzerland % 61.8% 58.8% 56.5% 53.2% 49.8%
United Kingdom % 52.1% 51.7% 51.6% 51.1% 50.8%