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What countries rank the Highest in Mobile Cellular Subscriptions? - Answers

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What countries rank the Highest in Mobile Cellular Subscriptions?

World map highlighting number of cellular subscriptions

For most of us, life is unimaginable without our mobile phone. Only 30 years ago, people relied on a bulky black box which sat in the corner of every house. The good old telephone was the common property of the household and would never move out of the house. Now, with advancements in technology, everyone has a cellphone which can fit in their pockets. Cut to the 21st century and you would find a mobile phone (or more than one, in some cases) with every person.

In today’s world, the mobile phone has become an integral part of a person’s life. Better communication has given people an opportunity to stay connected with their loved ones, unless they are in area where there is ‘no service.’ Some might agree that for the modern-day millennials, friendships are not as crucial as the availability of super-fast internet connectivity in cellphones. After all, the internet has become a vital source for both knowledge and entertainment.

Over the years, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions have been rising at an exponential rate. The honors of having the most mobile cellular telephone subscriptions go to the two most populous countries of the world, China and India.

According to a data by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), China, the most populous country in the world, witnessed 1,364,934,000 subscriptions in the year 2016. Following China was India, where mobile cellular telephone subscriptions stood at 1,127,809,000. The United States of America stood third with 395,881,000 subscribers.
Countries which reported very few subscriptions were the places that have smaller populations. Tonga, Dominica, San Marino and Monaco, are few of those countries.

The table below provides information of mobile cellular subscriptions per country.

Country No. of mobile cellular telephone subscriptions (2016)
China 1,364,934,000
India 1,127,809,000
United States of America 395,881,000
Indonesia 385,573,398
Brazil 244,067,356
Russia 229,126,152
Japan 166,852,753
Nigeria 154,342,168
Pakistan 136,489,014
Bangladesh 135,981,846
Vietnam 120,600,235
Thailand 119,669,000
Philippines 113,000,000
Mexico 111,727,799
Germany 103,470,000
Egypt 97,791,441
Italy 90,927,149
South Africa 82,412,880
Iran 80,520,249
United Kingdom 78,931,386
Turkey 75,061,699
France 67,571,000
Argentina 63,723,692
South Korea 61,295,538
Colombia 58,684,924
Ukraine 56,717,856
Poland 53,001,776
Spain 51,521,507
Ethiopia 51,224,000
Myanmar 50,586,416
Saudi Arabia 47,932,521
Algeria 47,041,321
Malaysia 43,912,600
Morocco 41,513,933
Tanzania 40,044,186
Kenya 38,982,188
Ghana 38,305,078
Peru 36,933,161
Nepal 32,120,305
Canada 30,752,000
Iraq 30,203,100
Taiwan 29,244,328
Democratic Republic of the Congo 28,889,317
Sudan 27,807,293
Venezuela 27,600,893
Côte d’Ivoire 27,451,250
Australia 26,551,000
Sri Lanka 25,797,199
Kazakhstan 25,534,800
Chile 23,302,603
Uzbekistan 23,265,389
Romania 22,900,000
Uganda 22,838,486
Afghanistan 21,602,982
Netherlands 20,890,000
Mali 20,217,697
Cambodia 19,915,503
United Arab Emirates 19,905,093
Cameroon 18,717,503
Guatemala 18,264,520
Hong Kong 17,584,969
Yemen 16,433,055
Burkina Faso 15,404,040
Senegal 15,186,485
Mozambique 15,025,598
Tunisia 14,282,078
Austria 14,270,000
Ecuador 13,882,280
Syria 13,349,860
Angola 13,001,124
Zimbabwe 12,878,926
Belgium 12,550,821
Sweden 12,543,188
Greece 12,538,927
Czech Republic 12,485,045
Zambia 12,017,034
Hungary 11,779,908
Portugal 11,572,085
Belarus 11,439,866
Switzerland 11,242,100
Guinea 10,800,000
Israel 10,570,000
Azerbaijan 10,189,000
Bolivia 10,106,216
Jordan 9,818,446
El Salvador 9,637,259
Tajikistan 9,400,000
Serbia 9,094,447
Bulgaria 8,973,869
Rwanda 8,921,533
Benin 8,892,490
Niger 8,719,981
Dominican Republic 8,708,131
Turkmenistan 8,575,000
Singapore 8,460,700
Costa Rica 8,330,664
Madagascar 7,998,253
Honduras 7,832,802
Nicaragua 7,745,512
Libya 7,660,068
Kyrgyzstan 7,613,528
Paraguay 7,489,474
Finland 7,366,100
Malawi 7,178,384
Slovakia 6,989,902
Denmark 6,985,035
Oman 6,866,260
Somalia 6,653,040
Haiti 6,504,010
Sierra Leone 6,279,270
Chad 6,231,009
New Zealand 5,800,000
Norway 5,729,569
Georgia 5,532,701
Togo 5,505,424
Republic of the Congo 5,424,000
Kuwait 5,392,806
Burundi 5,357,816
Panama 5,141,768
Uruguay 5,116,736
Lebanon 4,890,534
Ireland 4,875,125
Croatia 4,414,347
Lithuania 4,204,692
Cuba 3,987,900
Laos 3,958,510
Moldova 3,788,490
Papua New Guinea 3,782,000
Palestine 3,713,190
Qatar 3,652,579
Mauritania 3,614,172
North Korea 3,606,000
Armenia 3,434,567
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,404,043
Albania 3,369,756
Mongolia 3,367,573
Botswana 3,288,986
Jamaica 3,267,344
Puerto Rico 3,252,176
Liberia 3,117,002
Bahrain 2,994,865
Gabon 2,962,486
Gambia 2,838,127
South Sudan 2,700,000
Namibia 2,659,951
Latvia 2,650,273
Slovenia 2,385,757
Lesotho 2,282,917
Trinidad & Tobago 2,165,847
Macedonia 2,050,494
Macao 1,969,972
Estonia 1,897,921
Mauritius 1,814,000
Timor-Leste 1,492,124
Guinea-Bissau 1,285,835
Central African Rep. 1,248,346
Cyprus 1,133,780
Fiji 1,044,685
Montenegro 1,040,747
Swaziland 995,000
Maldives 812,128
Suriname 806,881
Luxembourg 764,000
Bhutan 698,373
Cape Verde 601,956
Guyana 584,659
Equatorial Guinea 575,650
Malta 532,136
Brunei Darussalam 523,453
Eritrea 506,000
Comoros 454,389
Solomon Islands 416,572
Iceland 401,613
Bahamas 360,200
Djibouti 345,246
Barbados 332,208
French Polynesia 280,111
Belize 227,000
Vanuatu 218,603
Antigua & Barbuda 180,000
São Tomé and Príncipe 178,047
St. Lucia 176,648
Seychelles 151,857
Samoa 151,008
Grenada 118,973
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 112,649
Cayman Islands 95,656
Tonga 80,000
Dominica 78,444
St. Kitts and Nevis 76,583
Andorra 71,132
Faroe Islands 54,487
Kiribati 52,000
Liechtenstein 44,298
Gibraltar 41,136
San Marino 36,570
Monaco 33,297
Micronesia 23,412
Nauru 9,900
Tuvalu 7,600
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 4,674
St. Helena 2,499

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