Thursday, February 23, 2017

Worldwide Mobile Phone Usage Statistics By Country

Below you can find the total number of active mobile phones listed by country, in descending order.

A few points that should be noted:

  • Poorer countries may have a surprisingly high number of active mobile phone connections due to it being cheaper and easier to roll-out a mobile infrastructure than a landline infrastructure – particularly in more remote areas
  • Developed countries may have a higher figure than expected due to many people having more than one mobile phone – for example one mobile phone for personal use and another provided by their employer for business use.
  • Countries with particularly high tourism levels will have a higher than anticipated number of active mobile phone conections as tourists will often buy local sim cards to use in their own mobile phones for the duration of their stay, allowing them to make calls within the host country at local rates rather than paying the mobile service provider in their own home country for international roaming calls, which can be tremendously expensive, particularly outside of the EU.

This data is based on the most recent information provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Position Country Total Mobiles Last Updated
1 China 747,000,000 2009
2 India 670,000,000 2010
3 United States 286,000,000 2009
4 Russia 230,500,000 2009
5 Brazil 173,959,000 2009
6 Indonesia 159,248,000 2009
7 Japan 114,917,000 2009
8 Germany 105,000,000 2009
9 Pakistan 103,000,000 2009
10 Vietnam 98,224,000 2009
11 Philippines 92,227,000 2010
12 Italy 90,613,000 2009
13 Mexico 83,528,000 2009
14 Thailand 83,057,000 2009
15 United Kingdom 80,375,000 2009
16 Nigeria 73,099,000 2009
17 Turkey 62,780,000 2009
18 France 60,950,000 2009
19 Egypt 55,352,000 2009
20 Ukraine 55,333,000 2009
21 Iran 52,555,000 2009
22 Argentina 51,891,000 2009
23 Spain 50,991,000 2009
24 Bangladesh 50,400,000 2009
25 Korea, South 47,944,000 2009
26 South Africa 46,436,000 2009
27 Saudi Arabia 44,864,000 2009
28 Poland 44,553,000 2009
29 Colombia 42,160,000 2009
30 Algeria 32,730,000 2009
31 Malaysia 30,379,000 2009
32 Venezuela 28,124,000 2009
33 Taiwan 26,959,000 2009
34 Romania 25,377,000 2009
35 Morocco 25,311,000 2009
36 Peru 24,700,000 2009
37 Australia 24,220,000 2009
38 Canada 23,081,000 2009
39 Netherlands 21,182,000 2009
40 Iraq 19,722,000 2009
41 Kenya 19,365,000 2009
42 Tanzania 17,677,000 2010
43 Guatemala 17,308,000 2009
44 Chile 16,450,000 2009
45 Uzbekistan 16,418,000 2009
46 Sri Lanka 15,868,000 2010
47 Sudan 15,340,000 2009
48 Portugal 15,178,000 2009
49 Ghana 15,109,000 2009
50 Kazakhstan 14,995,000 2009
51 Czech Republic 14,258,000 2009
52 Ecuador 13,635,000 2009
53 Cote d’Ivoire 13,346,000 2009
54 Greece 13,295,000 2009
55 Belgium 12,419,000 2009
56 Hong Kong 12,207,000 2009
57 Afghanistan 12,000,000 2009
58 Hungary 11,793,000 2009
59 Austria 11,773,000 2009
60 Sweden 11,426,000 2009
61 United Arab Emirates 10,672,000 2009
62 Bulgaria 10,617,000 2009
63 Congo, Democratic Republic of 10,163,000 2009
64 Serbia 9,912,000 2009
65 Tunisia 9,754,000 2009
66 Syria 9,697,000 2009
67 Belarus 9,686,000 2009
68 Uganda 9,384,000 2009
69 Switzerland 9,255,000 2009
70 Israel 9,022,000 2009
71 Dominican Republic 8,630,000 2009
72 Yemen 8,313,000 2009
73 Angola 8,109,000 2009
74 Azerbaijan 7,757,000 2009
75 Honduras 7,714,000 2009
76 Finland 7,700,000 2009
77 Nepal 7,618,000 2009
78 El Salvador 7,566,000 2009
79 Denmark 7,406,000 2009
80 Cameroon 7,397,000 2009
81 Bolivia 7,148,000 2009
82 Senegal 6,902,000 2009
83 Singapore 6,652,000 2009
84 Croatia 6,035,000 2009
85 Jordan 6,014,000 2009
86 Madagascar 5,997,000 2009
87 Mozambique 5,971,000 2009
88 Panama 5,677,000 2009
89 Paraguay 5,619,000 2009
90 Guinea 5,607,000 2009
91 Cambodia 5,593,000 2009
92 Slovakia 5,498,000 2009
93 Norway 5,336,000 2009
94 Benin 5,033,000 2009
95 Libya 5,004,000 2009
96 Lithuania 4,962,000 2009
97 Tajikistan 4,900,000 2009
98 Ireland 4,871,000 2009
99 New Zealand 4,700,000 2009
100 Kyrgyzstan 4,487,000 2009
101 Zambia 4,407,000 2009
102 Albania 4,162,000 2009
103 Uruguay 4,112,000 2009
104 Ethiopia 4,052,000 2009
105 Oman 3,971,000 2009
106 Kuwait 3,876,000 2009
107 Mali 3,742,000 2009
108 Haiti 3,648,000 2009
109 Burkina Faso 3,299,000 2009
110 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,257,000 2009
111 Laos 3,235,000 2009
112 Nicaragua 3,204,000 2009
113 Zimbabwe 2,991,000 2009
114 Jamaica 2,971,000 2009
115 Georgia 2,837,000 2009
116 Moldova 2,785,000 2009
117 Estonia 2,720,000 2009
118 Puerto Rico 2,716,000 2009
119 Chad 2,686,000 2009
120 Armenia 2,620,000 2009
121 Niger 2,599,000 2009
122 Qatar 2,472,000 2009
123 Rwanda 2,429,000 2009
124 Gaza Strip 2,405,000 2010
125 West Bank 2,405,000 2010
126 Malawi 2,400,000 2009
127 Mongolia 2,249,000 2009
128 Latvia 2,243,000 2009
129 Togo 2,187,000 2009
130 Mauritania 2,182,000 2009
131 Congo, Republic of the 2,171,000 2009
132 Slovenia 2,100,000 2009
133 Trinidad and Tobago 1,970,000 2009
134 Costa Rica 1,950,000 2009
135 Macedonia 1,943,000 2009
136 Botswana 1,874,000 2009
137 Bahrain 1,578,000 2009
138 Lebanon 1,526,000 2009
139 Turkmenistan 1,500,000 2009
140 Gambia, The 1,433,000 2009
141 Gabon 1,373,000 2009
142 Namibia 1,217,000 2009
143 Sierra Leone 1,160,000 2009
144 Macau 1,109,000 2010
145 Mauritius 1,087,000 2009
146 Cyprus 977,500 2009
147 Papua New Guinea 900,000 2009
148 Liberia 842,000 2009
149 Burundi 838,400 2009
150 Suriname 763,900 2009
151 Montenegro 752,000 2009
152 Luxembourg 719,000 2009
153 Lesotho 661,000 2009
154 Swaziland 656,000 2009
155 Somalia 641,000 2009
156 Fiji 640,000 2009
157 Kosovo 562,000 2007
158 Guinea-Bissau 560,300 2009
159 Maldives 461,149 2009
160 Burma 448,000 2009
161 Equatorial Guinea 445,000 2009
162 Cuba 443,000 2009
163 Brunei 425,000 2009
164 Malta 422,100 2009
165 Cape Verde 392,000 2009
166 Bahamas, The 358,800 2009
167 Iceland 349,000 2009
168 Barbados 337,100 2009
169 Bhutan 327,100 2009
170 Guyana 281,400 2005
171 French Polynesia 208,300 2009
172 New Caledonia 208,000 2009
173 Saint Lucia 176,000 2009
174 Central African Republic 168,000 2009
175 Belize 161,800 2009
176 Samoa 151,000 2009
177 Eritrea 141,100 2009
178 Antigua and Barbuda 134,900 2009
179 Djibouti 128,800 2009
180 Aruba 128,000 2009
181 Vanuatu 126,500 2009
182 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 121,100 2009
183 Timor-Leste 116,000 2009
184 Dominica 106,000 2009
185 Comoros 100,000 2009
186 Seychelles 92,300 2009
187 Bermuda 85,000 2009
188 Jersey 83,900 2004
189 Saint Kitts and Nevis 83,000 2009
190 Virgin Islands 80,300 2005
191 Andorra 64,500 2009
192 Grenada 64,000 2009
193 Sao Tome and Principe 64,000 2009
194 Faroe Islands 57,000 2009
195 Greenland 53,500 2009
196 Tonga 53,000 2009
197 Mayotte 48,100 2005
198 Guernsey 43,800 2004
199 Micronesia, Federated States of 38,000 2009
200 Liechtenstein 35,000 2009
201 Cayman Islands 33,800 2004
202 Solomon Islands 30,000 2009
203 Gibraltar 28,600 2009
204 Anguilla 27,000 2009
205 Turks and Caicos Islands 25,100 2004
206 British Virgin Islands 24,000 2009
207 San Marino 24,000 2009
208 Monaco 23,000 2009
209 Northern Mariana Islands 20,500 2004
210 Palau 13,200 2009
211 Cook Islands 7,000 2009
212 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 3,300 2009
213 Montserrat 3,000 2008
214 American Samoa 2,200 2004
215 Tuvalu 2,000 2009
216 Nauru 1,500 2002
217 Kiribati 1,000 2009
218 Marshall Islands 1,000 2009
219 Niue 600 2004
220 Norfolk Island 0 2002
221 Western Sahara 0 1999