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Which Country Has the Most Mobile Phones?

Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (mil), 2020 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 1, 2022
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Based on a comparison of 178 countries in 2020, China ranked the highest in mobile cellular subscriptions with 1,718 mil followed by India and Indonesia. On the other end of the scale was Monaco with 0.035 mil, Liechtenstein with 0.049 mil and Cayman Islands with 0.100 mil.

Total mobile cellular subscriptions reached 8,266 mil in 2020 in the World according to World Bank. This is 0.662 % more than in the previous year and 35.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total mobile cellular subscriptions reached an all time high of 8,266 mil in 2020 and an all time low of 0.023 mil in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 37.6 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 20.8 % of mobile cellular subscriptions in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 39.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 57.8 % in 2020.

Data for more countries are available at Mobile Cellular Subscriptions indicator page.

Mobile Cellular Subscriptions Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bangladesh mil 127 131 136 151 162
Brazil mil 281 258 244 221 209
China mil 1,286 1,292 1,365 1,470 1,649
India mil 944 1,001 1,128 1,169 1,176
Indonesia mil 326 339 386 435 319
Iran mil 68.9 74.2 80.5 87.0 88.7
Japan mil 158 161 167 173 180
Mexico mil 105 108 112 114 120
Nigeria mil 139 151 154 145 173
Pakistan mil 136 126 136 145 154
Philippines mil 111 118 120 120 135
Russia mil 221 227 229 227 229
Thailand mil 97.1 103 120 122 125
USA mil 356 382 396 400 348
Vietnam mil 136 120 121 120 141

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