Which Country Has the Highest Mobile Phone Penetration?

Mobile Phone Penetration (As % of Population) (%), 2017
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 177 countries in 2018, Macao ranked the highest in mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population with 329% followed by Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates. On the other end of the scale was Eritrea with 13.7%, Dem. People's Republic of Korea with 14.9% and South Sudan with 22.2%.

Average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached 110% in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 6.22 % more than in the previous year and 45.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached an all time high of 110% in 2018 and an all time low of < 0.001% in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 38.0 % since 1980.

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

Mobile Phone 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
Austria % 154% 160% 155% 150% 155%
Bahrain % 132% 163% 168% 174% 184%
Cayman Islands % 171% 172% 168% 154% 156%
Costa Rica % 90.3% 116% 151% 148% 157%
Hong Kong % 216% 231% 237% 236% 231%
Indonesia % 102% 113% 124% 128% 131%
Kuwait % 155% 150% 178% 201% 195%
Macao % 246% 287% 299% 315% 316%
Maldives % 141% 145% 157% 163% 177%
Montenegro % ... 185% 158% 158% 161% 160%
Russia % 142% 145% 152% 154% 158%
Seychelles % 138% 148% 147% 162% 158%
Thailand % 115% 125% 138% 142% 150%
Turkmenistan % 102% 112% 114% 132% 141%
United Arab Emirates % 135% 155% 178% 185% 196%