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Life is today unimaginable without the mobile phone. But that was not always so. Some 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. But advancing technology changed all that. Cut to the 21st century and you would find a mobile phone (or two, in some cases) with every person.

Today, the mobile phone has become an integral part of a person’s life. It has made communication easier and ensures that a person would never be disconnected with his loved ones, provided he is not in an area where there is no service.

Over the years, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions has been rising at an exponential rate. However, 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, China, the most populous country in the world, witnessed 1,291,984,200 subscriptions in the year 2015. Following China was India, where mobile cellular telephone subscriptions in the year 2015 stood at 1,001,056,000.

The United States stood third with 382,307,000 mobile cellular telephone subscriptions. Apart from the United States, other nations that had witnessed more than 100 million subscriptions in the year 2015 were Indonesia, Brazil, Russian Federation, Japan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico and Thailand.

Countries which reported less than one million subscriptions in 2015 were Fiji, Swaziland, Luxembourg, Maldives, Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, San Marino, Monaco, and many other nations.

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

Country No. of mobile cellular telephone subscriptions (2015)
China 1,291,984,200
India 1,001,056,000
United States 382,307,000
Indonesia 338,426,000
Brazil 257,814,274
Russian Federation 227,288,088
Japan 160,478,307
Nigeria 150,830,089
Bangladesh 131,375,724
Pakistan 125,899,638
Vietnam 122,000,000
Philippines 117,838,074
Mexico 107,690,021
Thailand 102,942,000
Germany 96,360,000
Egypt 94,016,152
South Africa 87,999,492
Italy 86,893,935
United Kingdom 79,250,793
Iran (I.R.) 74,218,815
Turkey 73,639,261
France 66,681,000
Argentina 61,842,011
Ukraine 60,720,073
Korea (Rep.) 58,935,081
Colombia 57,327,470
Poland 54,537,230
Saudi Arabia 52,796,066
Spain 51,067,770
Malaysia 44,104,000
Algeria 43,227,643
Morocco 43,079,696
Ethiopia 42,311,629
Myanmar 40,993,717
Tanzania 39,665,600
Congo (Dem. Rep.) 37,752,782
Kenya 37,715,944
Ghana 35,008,387
Peru 34,235,810
Iraq 33,559,000
Australia 31,770,000
Canada 29,765,000
Taiwan, Province of China 29,681,490
Venezuela 29,093,517
Sudan 27,938,507
Nepal 27,516,055
Kazakhstan 26,309,300
Côte d’Ivoire 25,407,610
Sri Lanka 23,899,642
Chile 23,206,353
Romania 23,120,000
Mali 22,698,915
Uzbekistan 21,783,300
Cambodia 20,850,543
Netherlands 20,809,054
Uganda 20,220,273
Mozambique 20,134,932
Afghanistan 19,709,038
Guatemala 18,121,390
United Arab Emirates 17,942,560
Yemen 17,359,000
Cameroon 16,806,894
Hong Kong, China 16,724,440
Senegal 14,959,477
Tunisia 14,595,875
Burkina Faso 14,446,897
Syria 14,312,271
Angola 13,884,532
Jordan 13,797,968
Austria 13,470,623
Czech Republic 13,272,566
Ecuador 12,943,791
Belgium 12,938,176
Zimbabwe 12,757,410
Sweden 12,638,827
Greece 12,566,649
Hungary 11,785,806
Portugal 11,714,693
Zambia 11,557,725
Belarus 11,448,281
Switzerland 11,243,210
Guinea 10,764,000
Azerbaijan 10,697,132
Madagascar 10,693,765
Israel 10,570,000
Bolivia 10,162,829
Libya 9,918,000
El Salvador 9,334,132
Benin 9,317,955
Bulgaria 9,194,633
Serbia 9,155,664
Niger 8,959,000
Dominican Rep. 8,797,247
Rwanda 8,759,619
Tajikistan 8,489,000
Kuwait 8,305,000
Singapore 8,233,100
Honduras 8,048,388
Turkmenistan 7,842,000
Kyrgyzstan 7,579,439
Costa Rica 7,535,599
Paraguay 7,411,986
Finland 7,396,200
Haiti 7,300,000
Denmark 7,266,365
Nicaragua 7,264,151
Panama 6,946,636
Slovakia 6,675,553
Oman 6,646,655
Malawi 6,566,707
Somalia 5,836,000
Norway 5,714,890
Sierra Leone 5,657,000
New Zealand 5,600,000
Georgia 5,550,730
Uruguay 5,495,186
Chad 5,465,797
Congo (Rep.) 5,216,000
Burundi 4,997,696
Ireland 4,902,009
Togo 4,855,206
Lebanon 4,657,651
Croatia 4,415,660
Lithuania 4,184,053
Qatar 3,740,469
Lao P.D.R. 3,727,162
Moldova 3,713,137
Liberia 3,652,000
Mauritania 3,644,483
Papua New Guinea 3,560,000
Palestine 3,531,000
Botswana 3,475,327
Armenia 3,464,490
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,443,520
Albania 3,400,955
Cuba 3,335,346
D.P.R. Korea 3,240,000
Puerto Rico 3,204,993
Jamaica 3,137,213
Mongolia 3,068,156
Gabon 2,821,555
Gambia 2,715,672
Latvia 2,590,000
Namibia 2,549,817
Bahrain 2,519,055
Slovenia 2,353,926
Lesotho 2,140,141
Trinidad & Tobago 2,123,374
TFYR Macedonia 2,083,583
Estonia 1,903,545
Macao, China 1,896,097
Mauritius 1,762,300
Timor-Leste 1,376,669
Central African Rep. 1,242,494
Guinea-Bissau 1,238,493
Cyprus 1,111,123
Montenegro 1,007,890
Fiji 965,950
Swaziland 941,000
Luxembourg 806,800
Suriname 750,458
Maldives 739,790
Bhutan 675,747
Cape Verde 602,779
Malta 557,583
Guyana 542,598
Equatorial Guinea 533,336
Eritrea 475,000
Brunei Darussalam 463,384
Comoros 424,786
Solomon Islands 424,712
Iceland 383,919
Barbados 334,792
Djibouti 314,350
Bahamas 311,175
French Polynesia 268,334
New Caledonia 260,277
Belize 211,946
St. Lucia 187,741
Vanuatu 174,818
Seychelles 148,244
Aruba 141,000
S. Tomé & Principe 132,000
Antigua & Barbuda 126,000
Samoa 120,517
Grenada 119,767
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 113,371
Cayman Islands 93,244
Dominica 77,254
Tonga 73,493
St. Kitts and Nevis 73,009
Andorra 71,336
Greenland 61,000
Faroe Islands 53,213
British Virgin Islands 42,000
Gibraltar 41,441
Kiribati 41,000
Liechtenstein 40,950
Bermuda 38,000
San Marino 36,624
Monaco 34,020
Anguilla 26,000
Micronesia 22,505
Marshall Islands 15,500
Montserrat 5,000
Falkland (Malvinas) Is. 5,000
Tuvalu 4,000
St. Helena 1,267

(Data sourced from International Telecommunication Union)

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