Which Country Has the Most Fixed Lines?

Number of Fixed Lines (mil), 2017 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 31, 2018
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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 Central African Republic with 0.002 mil, East Timor with 0.002 mil and Haiti with 0.006 mil.

Total number of fixed lines reached 942 mil in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 2.25 % 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 66.2 % in 2018.

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

Number of Fixed Lines Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Brazil mil 43.0 44.3 45.0 44.1 43.7
Canada mil 18.3 17.7 16.9 16.4 15.6
China mil 285 278 267 249 231
France mil 40.4 39.7 39.1 38.8 38.9
Germany mil 51.4 50.1 48.7 47.0 45.4
India mil 32.8 30.9 29.0 27.0 25.5
Iran mil 27.8 28.8 29.7 29.4 30.4
Italy mil 22.1 21.7 21.1 20.6 20.2
Japan mil 64.7 64.2 64.0 63.6 63.7
Mexico mil 20.0 20.6 18.6 18.6 20.2
Russia mil 44.2 42.2 40.5 38.2 35.6
South Korea mil 29.5 30.1 30.3 29.5 28.9
Spain mil 19.9 19.6 19.4 19.2 19.4
USA mil 143 139 133 128 125
United Kingdom mil 33.3 33.2 33.4 33.2 33.2