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Which Country Has the Most Fixed Lines?

Number of Fixed Lines (mil), 2020 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 1, 2022
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Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2020, China ranked the highest in number of fixed lines with 182 mil followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Somalia with < 0.001 mil, Sierra Leone with < 0.001 mil and East Timor with 0.002 mil.

Total number of fixed lines reached 855 mil in 2020 in the World according to World Bank. This is 86.4 % more than in the previous year and -43.7 % 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 116 mil in 1969. The average annual growth amounted to 3.11 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 21.3 % of number of fixed lines in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 40.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 66.2 % in 2020.

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

Number of Fixed Lines Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Brazil mil 44.1 43.7 42.0 40.4 38.3
Canada mil 16.4 15.6 15.2 14.5 13.8
China mil 249 231 207 194 192
France mil 38.8 38.9 39.0 38.7 38.1
Germany mil 47.0 45.4 45.3 44.4 42.5
India mil 27.0 25.5 24.4 23.2 21.9
Iran mil 29.4 30.4 30.9 31.1 30.5
Italy mil 20.6 20.2 20.3 20.7 20.4
Japan mil 63.6 63.7 64.1 64.0 63.5
Mexico mil 18.6 20.2 20.8 20.8 21.6
Russia mil 38.2 35.6 32.3 32.0 30.1 ...
South Korea mil 29.5 28.9 28.0 26.8 25.9
Spain mil 19.2 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.8
USA mil 128 125 121 116 110
United Kingdom mil 33.2 33.2 32.6 31.8 31.5

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