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Which Country Has the Highest Mobile Phone Penetration?

Mobile Phone Penetration (As % of Population) (%), 2020 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 1, 2022
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Based on a comparison of 178 countries in 2020, Macao ranked the highest in mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population with 430% followed by Hong Kong and Seychelles. On the other end of the scale was South Sudan with 12.0%, Dem. People's Republic of Korea with 23.3% and Kosovo with 32.3%.

Average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached 106% in 2020 in the World according to World Bank. This is 0.385 % less than in the previous year and 28.3 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached an all time high of 107% in 2019 and an all time low of < 0.001% in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 35.7 % since 1980.

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

Mobile Phone 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
Botswana % 163% 164% 152% 147% 150%
Cayman Islands % 150% 151% 153% 152% 152%
El Salvador % 146% 148% 152% 148% 147%
Hong Kong % 238% 233% 243% 252% 270%
Japan % 123% 125% 131% 136% 141%
Kuwait % 206% 200% 194% 176% 172%
Macao % 315% 315% 321% 329% 345%
Montenegro % ... 162% 161% 166% 166% 181%
Russia % 153% 157% 158% 156% 157%
Seychelles % 161% 156% 159% 173% 184%
South Africa % 145% 159% 147% 155% 160%
Suriname % 168% 134% 143% 140% 131%
Thailand % 142% 150% 174% 176% 180%
Turkmenistan % 132% 141% 151% 163% 160%
United Arab Emirates % 183% 194% 213% 209% 209%