Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in number of fixed lines with 231 mil followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Central African Republic with 0.002 mil, East Timor with 0.003 mil and Guinea Bissau with 0.005 mil.
Total number of fixed lines reached 1,057 mil in 2015 in the World according to World Bank. This is 3.52 % less than in the previous year and -17.7 % 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 158 mil in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 4.74 % since 1960.
The top ranked country, China, accounted for 21.9 % of number of fixed lines in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 39.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 63.9 % in 2015.
Data for more countries are available at Number of Fixed Lines indicator page.