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Which Country Has the Highest Mobile Phone Penetration?

Mobile Phone Penetration (As % of Population) (%), 2019
Telcos & Hi-Tech | July 1, 2021
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Based on a comparison of 178 countries in 2019, Macao ranked the highest in mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population with 345% followed by Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates. On the other end of the scale was Dem. People's Republic of Korea with 15.0%, South Sudan with 20.1% and Eritrea with 20.4%.

Average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached 109% in 2019 in the World according to World Bank. This is 2.67 % more than in the previous year and 38.3 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average mobile phone penetration as a percentage of population reached an all time high of 109% in 2019 and an all time low of < 0.001% in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 36.9 % 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%
Costa Rica % 146% 155% 170% 179% 170%
Hong Kong % 238% 233% 243% 252% 270%
Kuwait % 206% 200% 194% 176% 172%
Lithuania % 144% 143% 146% 153% 164%
Macao % 315% 315% 321% 329% 345% ...
Maldives % 153% 163% 171% 181% 166%
Montenegro % ... 162% 161% 166% 166% 181%
Russia % 153% 157% 158% 156% 157%
Seychelles % 161% 156% 159% 173% 184%
Singapore % 147% 147% 150% 147% 149%
South Africa % 145% 159% 147% 155% 160%
Thailand % 142% 150% 174% 176% 180%
Turkmenistan % 132% 141% 151% 163% 163% ...
United Arab Emirates % 183% 194% 213% 209% 209%