Which Country Has the Most Mobile Phones?

Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (mil), 2017
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 177 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in mobile cellular subscriptions with 1,470 mil followed by India and Indonesia. On the other end of the scale was Monaco with 0.033 mil, Liechtenstein with 0.046 mil and Cayman Islands with 0.097 mil.

Total mobile cellular subscriptions reached 8,160 mil in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 4.85 % more than in the previous year and 50.6 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total mobile cellular subscriptions reached an all time high of 8,160 mil in 2018 and an all time low of 0.023 mil in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 39.9 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 18.0 % of mobile cellular subscriptions in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 37.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 55.7 % in 2018.

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

Mobile Cellular Subscriptions Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bangladesh mil 84.4 97.2 117 127 131
Brazil mil 234 248 271 281 258
China mil 986 1,112 1,229 1,286 1,292
Germany mil 90.9 92.4 100 99.5 96.4
India mil 894 865 886 944 1,001
Indonesia mil 250 282 313 326 339
Japan mil 133 141 148 158 161
Mexico mil 94.6 101 107 105 108
Nigeria mil 95.2 113 127 139 151
Pakistan mil 109 120 128 136 126
Philippines mil 94.2 102 103 111 118
Russia mil 204 208 218 221 227
Thailand mil 77.4 85.0 93.8 97.1 103
USA mil 297 305 311 356 382
Vietnam mil 127 132 124 136 120