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Which Country Has the Most Fixed Lines?

Number of Fixed Lines (mil), 2017 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 173 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in number of fixed lines with 194 mil followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Somalia with < 0.001 mil, Central African Republic with 0.002 mil and East Timor with 0.002 mil.

Total number of fixed lines reached 942 mil in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 4.25 % less than in the previous year and -32.6 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total number of fixed lines reached an all time high of 1,261 mil in 2006 and an all time low of 158 mil in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 4.14 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 20.6 % of number of fixed lines in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 40.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 66.3 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Fixed Lines indicator page.

Number of Fixed Lines Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Brazil mil 45.0 44.1 43.7 42.0 40.4
Canada mil 16.9 16.4 15.6 15.2 14.5
China mil 267 249 231 207 194
France mil 39.1 38.8 38.9 39.0 38.7
Germany mil 48.7 47.0 45.4 45.3 44.4
India mil 29.0 27.0 25.5 24.4 23.2
Iran mil 29.7 29.4 30.4 30.9 31.2
Italy mil 21.1 20.6 20.2 20.3 20.7
Japan mil 64.0 63.6 63.7 64.1 64.0
Mexico mil 18.6 18.6 20.2 20.9 20.8
Russia mil 40.5 38.2 35.6 32.3 32.0
South Korea mil 30.3 29.5 28.9 28.0 26.8
Spain mil 19.4 19.2 19.4 19.6 19.7
USA mil 133 128 125 121 119
United Kingdom mil 33.4 33.2 33.2 33.6 32.2