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Number of Fixed Telephone Lines by Country

Number of Fixed Telephone Lines by Country
Country200820092009 Notes2009 Source
Afghanistan101,124129,328Ministry of Communications.
Albania343,591363,000Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications.
Algeria3,069,1402,576,165Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télecommunications (ARPT).
American Samoa10,40010,400ITU estimate.
Andorra37,37537,882Servei de Telecomunicacions d'Andorra (STA).
Angola114,296303,179Break in comparability. From this year, including copper line (171'562), DSL line (13'967), WiMax (43'146), CDMA (72'000) and VSAT (2'504) which are not included in previous years.Instituto Angolano das Comunicações.
Anguilla6,2566,256ITU estimate.
Antigua & Barbuda38,00037,350Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science & Technology.
Argentina9,742,8339,768,135Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones
Armenia626,000630,000ITU estimate.
Aruba38,46138,300ITU estimate.
Australia9,370,0009,020,000ACMA.
Austria3,285,0003,253,000Incl. ISDN channels. Measured in ISDN B channels equivalents.Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR-GmbH).
Azerbaijan1,310,5001,401,100Number of ISDN channels are not included.Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Bahamas132,756128,964Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC)
Bahrain220,386238,000Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
Bangladesh1,344,4561,522,900ITU estimate.
Barbados150,000135,700Ministry of Finance, Investment, Telecommunications & Energy
Belarus3,718,0943,969,290Ministry of Communications and Informatization.
Belgium4,734,5174,635,989Including ISDN and managed VoB.IBPT
Belize31,12431,168Belize Telemedia Limited.
Benin115,289127,149ATRPT.
Bermuda57,60057,700ITU estimate.
Bhutan27,47526,348Bhutan Information, Communications and Media Authority, Ministry of Information and Communications.
Bolivia690,000810,181Autoridad de Fiscalización y Control Social de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes
Bosnia and Herzegovina1,031,355998,644Communications Regulatory Agency B & H.
Botswana142,282137,422Country estimate.
Brazil41,235,24741,496,998Anatel.
British Virgin Islands18,90020,100ITU estimate.
Brunei Darussalam80,78680,549AiTi.
Bulgaria2,189,7732,205,394Data as of 31.12.2009. According to the revised definition the number of ISDN subscriptions is presented as voice channel equivalents. Public payphones are included.Communications Regulation Commission
Burkina Faso148,157152,461Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications Électroniques (ARCE)
Burundi30,41131,500Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications.
Cambodia43,10054,200ITU estimate.
Cameroon255,306435,413Agence de Régulation des Statistiques
Canada18,250,00017,624,965Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission
Cape Verde71,86071,874ANAC - Agência Nacional das Comunicações
Cayman Islands35,76636,151Information and Communications Technology Authority
Central African Rep.12,00012,000ITU estimate.
Chad45,00058,267Office Tchadien de Régulation des Télécommunications.
Chile3,529,6453,580,808Subtel
China340,359,000313,732,000Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
Colombia7,928,9447,473,867Source: www.siust.gov.co.Ministerio de Tecnologías de Información y las Comunicaciones
Comoros28,80930,787Including fixed wireless (CDMA).Comores Telecom.
Congo22,20024,300ITU estimate.
Congo (Dem. Rep.)37,32042,320A.R.P.T.C.
Cook Islands6,6946,871Telecom Cook Islands Ltd.
Costa Rica1,437,7331,499,601ICE-Telecomunicaciones
Côte d'Ivoire356,502282,070Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d'Ivoire (ATCI).
Croatia1,878,0801,859,190Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM).
Cuba1,088,0891,119,786Ministerio de la Informática y las Comunicaciones
Cyprus413,323414,512Office of the Commissioner for Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation.
Czech Republic2,264,2492,113,283VoIP subcribers not included.Czech Telecommunication Office
D.P.R. Korea1,180,0001,180,000ITU estimate.
Denmark2,490,9382,062,000Including ISDN channels.National IT and Telecom Agency.
Djibouti14,91016,842Ministère de la Communication et de la Culture, chargé des Postes et des Télécommunications.
Dominica17,50017,500ITU estimate. 17'450 17'450 ITU estimate.
Dominican Rep.985,711965,423INDOTEL
Ecuador1,904,1772,004,228SENATEL.
Egypt11,852,53910,312,559Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
El Salvador1,077,1791,099,128Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones
Equatorial Guinea10,00010,000ITU estimate.
Eritrea40,41548,473Eritrea Telecommunication Services Corporation.
Estonia498,129492,759Estonian Competition Authority.
Ethiopia897,287915,058Excl. Public Payphones and ISDN channelsEthiopian Telecommunication Agency.
Falkland (Malvinas) Is.1,9961,975Cable & Wireless South Atlantic Plc
Faroe Islands21,82220,924Postal and Telecom Surveillance Authority.
Fiji129,100136,782ITU estimate.
Finland1,650,0001,430,000Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.
France35,100,00035,500,000Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP).
French Polynesia54,55354,320Service des Postes et Télécommunications.
Gabon26,50026,500ITU estimate.
Gambia48,86849,000ITU estimate.
Georgia618,028620,000ITU estimate.
Germany51,100,00048,700,000Telephone channels including ISDN and own consumption, excluding public payphones. Figure is based on NRA estimates.Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA, formerly Regulierungsbehörde für Telekommunikation und Post).
Ghana143,900267,389National Communications Authority (NCA).
Gibraltar24,00024,000Gibtelecom.
Greece5,253,6955,248,056Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission
Greenland22,81822,040TELE Greenland
Grenada28,57928,600ITU estimate.
Guam65,50065,500ITU estimate.
Guatemala1,448,8911,413,234Superintedencia de Telecomunicaciones
GuernseyITU estimate.
Guinea21,00022,000ITU estimate.
Guinea-Bissau4,6474,844Instituto das Comunicações da Guiné-Bissau
Guyana133,409139,523National Frequency Management Unit
Haiti108,000108,300ITU estimate.
Honduras825,769716,335CONATEL
Hong Kong, China4,183,0174,277,297Office of the Telecommunications Authority
Hungary3,093,9963,068,685National Communications Authority.
Iceland193,512185,213Post and Telecom Administration.
India37,900,00037,060,000December.TRAI.
Indonesia30,378,07133,957,892Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Iran (I.R.)24,800,00025,804,100ITU estimate.
Iraq1,082,3001,108,396Iraqi Telecommunications and Post Company
Ireland2,201,9952,079,468Incl. PSTN lines, ISDN paths, FWA subscriptions, public payphones and LLU lines. Data refers to December.Commission for Communications Regulation.
Israel3,224,0003,250,000ITU estimate.
Italy22,039,00021,699,000Ministry of Economic Development
Jamaica316,591302,451Office of Utilities Regulation
Japan47,321,00043,339,000December.Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications(MIC)
Jersey74,00073,900ITU estimate.
Jordan518,990501,238Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.
Kazakhstan3,458,4403,856,500Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Communications and Information
Kenya646,356664,099Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).
Kiribati4,0004,000ITU estimate.
Korea (Rep.)23,390,26325,949,444Korea Communications Commission, Rep of Korea
Kuwait541,000553,500ITU estimate.
Kyrgyzstan494,503498,328National Communications Agency.
Lao P.D.R.127,799100,228National Authority of Post and Telecommunication.
Latvia644,000644,000ITU estimate.
Lebanon750,000803,740Ministère des Télécommunications
Lesotho41,19040,000ITU estimate.
Liberia2,0002,000ITU estimate.
Libya920,4161,063,265General Telecom Authority.
Liechtenstein19,60019,600ITU estimate.
Lithuania784,935747,412Communications Regulatory Authority.
Luxembourg260,600263,600Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation.
Macao, China175,920170,486Excl. ISDN channels, fixed wireless subscriptions and public payphones.Bureau of Telecommunications Regulation
Madagascar164,851186,150Office Malagasy d'Etudes et Régulations des télécommunications (OMERT)
Malawi175,000175,000
Malaysia4,292,0004,312,000Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Malaysia
Maldives46,92549,025Telecommunications Authority of Maldives (TAM).
Mali81,07684,796Comité de Régulation des Télécommnications CRT
Malta241,122244,916Malta Communications Authority
Marshall Islands4,4004,400ITU estimate.
Mauritania76,35474,464Autorité de Régulation
Mauritius363,536375,160Information Communication Technologies Authority
Mayotte10,00010,000ITU estimate.
Mexico20,491,38519,333,117Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones
Micronesia8,7008,700ITU estimate.
Moldova1,114,5641,138,729National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) .
Monaco35,00035,400ITU estimate.
Mongolia200,494188,875Incl. WLLCommunications Regulatory Commission.
Montenegro174,046171,749WiMAX.
Montserrat2,8002,700ITU estimate.
Morocco2,991,1583,516,281Includes fixed wireless.Agence nationale de réglementation des télécommunications.
Mozambique78,32482,447INCM.
Myanmar504,445552,311Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs
Namibia140,000142,100ITU estimate.
Nauru1,8001,900ITU estimate.
Nepal805,061812,615March 2010.Nepal Telecommunications Authority
Neth. Antilles88,00089,000ITU estimate.
Netherlands7,317,2007,320,000July.Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA).
New Caledonia63,00667,426Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie
New Zealand1,750,0001,870,000Ministry of Economic Development.
Nicaragua252,000255,000ITU estimate.
Niger64,73865,000ITU estimate.
Nigeria1,307,6251,482,000Refers to active Fixed Wired/Wireless lines.Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Niue1,0001,100ITU estimate.
Northern Marianas24,70025,100ITU estimate.
Norway1,895,9171,783,426Norwegian Post- and telecommunications Authority
Oman304,747299,826Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Pakistan4,416,4173,523,242PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICATION AUTHORITY
Palau7,3527,059Palau National Communications Corporation
Palestinian Authority348,000348,000ITU estimate.
Panama523,999537,099Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos.
Papua New Guinea60,00060,000ITU estimate.
Paraguay370,381387,318Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones.
Peru2,878,2052,965,297Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones.
Philippines4,076,1406,783,372National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
Poland9,725,4529,587,054Office of Electronic Communications
Portugal4,110,4934,254,942ANACOM
Puerto Rico949,377905,735Instituto de Estadísticas de Puerto Rico
Qatar263,363285,270ictQATAR
Romania5,209,0005,323,000ANCOM
Russia45,539,28845,379,601Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
Rwanda16,77033,451Rwanda Information Technology Authority.
S. Tomé & Principe7,7007,800ITU estimate.
Samoa28,80031,900ITU estimate.
San Marino21,30021,500ITU estimate.
Saudi Arabia4,100,0004,171,000CITC Market Studies Department.
Senegal237,752278,788Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications.
Serbia3,084,8723,105,728Republic Telecommunication Agency RATEL.
Seychelles22,32226,078Refers to data collected at the end of Jan 2010. Incl fixed VoIP lines.MInistry of National Development
Sierra Leone31,50032,800ITU estimate.
Singapore1,876,0001,925,600Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Slovak Republic1,288,6451,219,645Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications SR
Slovenia1,009,7671,034,169Post and Electronic Communications Agency.
Solomon Islands8,0008,200ITU estimate.
Somalia100,000100,000ITU estimate.
South Africa4,425,0004,319,800ITU estimate.
Spain20,576,07020,333,818Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones
Sri Lanka3,446,4113,435,958Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.
St. Helena2,2882,339Cable & Wireless South Atlantic Ltd.
St. Kitts and Nevis20,40020,500ITU estimate.
St. Lucia40,94041,000ITU estimate.
St. Vincent and the G.22,77723,019National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.
Sudan366,200370,423National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC).
Suriname83,00083,747Telecommunications Authority Suriname.
Swaziland44,00044,000Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (STPC).
Sweden5,345,7325,151,275Including PSTN, ISDN and IP channels.Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).
Switzerland4,827,8824,673,208Estimate. Including ISDN access channels.OFCOM
Syria3,633,4433,871,114Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE).
Taiwan, Province of China14,368,48914,596,432National Communications Commission (NCC).
Tajikistan286,940290,000ITU estimate.
Tanzania123,809172,922Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.
TFYR Macedonia457,122437,301Does not include internal lines and WLR of incumbent.Agency for Electronic Communications
Thailand7,394,3497,204,936Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
Timor-Leste2,4002,400ITU estimate.
Togo140,919178,713Autorité de réglementation des secteurs de postes et de télécommunications (ART&P).
Tokelau300300ITU estimate.
Tonga25,53631,000ITU estimate.
Trinidad & Tobago314,792303,227Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia1,239,0741,278,548Ministère des Technologies de la Communication.
Turkey17,502,20516,534,356Information and Communication Technologies Authority.
Turkmenistan477,670478,000ITU estimate.
Turks & Caicos Is.3,7003,700ITU estimate.
Tuvalu1,5001,700ITU estimate.
Uganda168,481233,533Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).
Ukraine13,176,87113,026,293State Administration of Communications.
United Arab Emirates1,508,2891,561,196Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
United Kingdom33,235,32932,116,914Ofcom
United States140,975,000141,000,000The December 2009 data includes only switched access lines. Because data for earlier years includes a largely unknown number of interconnected VoIP subscriptions, the data are not directly comparable over time.ITU estimate.
Uruguay959,286953,400ITU estimate.
Uzbekistan1,849,5631,856,592Communications and Information Agency of Uzbekistan.
Vanuatu10,4007,219Telecom Regulator.
Venezuela6,417,7756,866,626Preliminary.Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL).
Viet Nam14,767,62917,427,365Ministry of Information and Communications.
Wallis and Futuna2,7002,977Service des Postes et Telecommunications (SPT).
Yemen961,000997,000Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology
Zambia90,60090,341Information & Communication Authority.
Zimbabwe348,000385,116Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ).
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