Which Country Has the Most Fixed Lines?

Number of Fixed Lines (mil), 2015 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | February 22, 2018
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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.

Number of Fixed Lines Unit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Brazil mil 41.5 42.1 43.0 44.3 45.0
China mil 314 294 285 278 267
France mil 40.9 40.6 40.4 39.7 39.1
Germany mil 53.7 52.9 51.4 50.1 48.7
India mil 37.1 35.1 32.8 30.9 29.0
Indonesia mil 34.8 40.9 38.6 38.0 30.7
Iran mil 25.8 25.8 27.8 28.8 29.7
Italy mil 22.6 22.5 22.1 21.7 21.1
Japan mil 66.8 65.6 64.7 64.2 64.0
Mexico mil 19.5 19.9 20.0 20.6 19.9
Russia mil 45.4 44.9 44.2 42.2 40.5
South Korea mil 26.9 28.5 29.5 30.1 30.3
Spain mil 20.2 20.2 19.9 19.6 19.4
USA mil 153 150 143 139 133
United Kingdom mil 33.5 33.4 33.3 33.2 33.4