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Media > Phone subscribers: Countries Compared

James, Staff Editor

Author: James, Staff Editor

Until recently fixed line and mobile telephones accounted for all of the telephone market. However, lately several companies have launched telephony services that operate over the internet called Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP). The main benefit of VoIP is the lower cost per call, and calls within the network are usually free. However, the hardware used for VoIP can be more expensive. The main drawback of VoIP is that high compression techniques are used to save internet bandwidth, which can lead to low call quality. If the internet network used by a persons VoIP system is congested call quality can also suffer.


Many telecommunications companies are launching VoIP services to retain customers, but there are several pure VoIP companies. Two main ones are:

Skype: This is a program that is downloaded onto a computer, and needs only a microphone, speakers and internet connection to work. As of mid-2005 Skype boasted over 125 million downloads worldwide, although not all of these are active users. Skype measures its usage in terms of the number of minutes people have talked on its service -- in mid-2005 the company passed the 10 billion minutes served mark.

Vonage: This service resembles are more typical phone service with a telephone and monthly bill. Vonage claims to be signing up 15,000 people every week in the United States and aims to have one million customers by 2006.

DEFINITION: Fixed line and mobile telephones (per 1,000 people). Fixed lines are telephone mainlines connecting a customer's equipment to the public switched telephone network. Mobile phone subscribers refer to users of portable telephones subscribing to an automatic public mobile telephone service using cellular technology that provides access to the public switched telephone network.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Luxembourg 1,700.95 2001
2 Norway 1,545.72 2001
3 Sweden 1,529.41 2001
4 Iceland 1,484.15 2001
5 Switzerland 1,476.29 2001
6 Denmark 1,457.08 2001
7 Netherlands 1,388.05 2001
8 United Kingdom 1,358.44 2001
9 Finland 1,326.08 2001
10 Germany 1,316.52 2001
11 Italy 1,310.82 2001
12 Israel 1,284.57 2001
13 Greece 1,280.65 2001
14 Austria 1,274.68 2001
15 Belgium 1,243.79 2001
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 1,215 2001
16 Ireland 1,213.89 2001
17 Portugal 1,201.1 2001
High income OECD countries average (profile) 1,200.08 2001
18 Singapore 1,195.56 2001
19 Japan 1,184.84 2001
20 France 1,178.83 2001
21 Slovenia 1,160.61 2001
Eurozone average (profile) 1,151.88 2001
22 United States 1,117.9 2001
23 Australia 1,095.01 2001
24 Cyprus 1,086.82 2001
25 Spain 1,086.4 2001
26 New Zealand 1,075.97 2001
27 Bermuda 1,075.6 2001
European Union average (profile) 1,063.26 2001
28 Czech Republic 1,050.04 2001
29 Canada 1,037.65 2001
NATO countries average (profile) 1,009.22 2001
30 Cayman Islands 997.95 1999
31 United Arab Emirates 955.56 2001
32 Faroe Islands 931.62 2000
33 Liechtenstein 902.06 1999
Non-religious countries average (profile) 901.45 2001
34 Malta 884.01 2001
Europe average (profile) 883.93 2001
35 Hungary 872.15 2001
36 Aruba 850.3 2001
37 Estonia 807.52 2001
38 Antigua and Barbuda 804.17 2001
39 Seychelles 799.73 2001
Cold countries average (profile) 792.11 2001
40 Greenland 765.97 2001
41 Croatia 742.21 2001
42 Andorra 740.49 2000
43 Guam 716.28 2001
44 Slovakia 685.47 2001
45 Kuwait 685.1 2001
46 Brunei 672.96 2001
47 Barbados 672.42 2001
48 Bahrain 671.55 2001
49 Puerto Rico 642.87 2001
50 Saint Kitts and Nevis 599.92 2000
51 The Bahamas 596.94 2001
52 Latvia 587.66 2001
53 Turkey 587.02 2001
54 Chile 574.78 2001
55 Qatar 567.6 2001
56 Lithuania 566.06 2001
57 Poland 555.28 2001
58 Bulgaria 550.62 2001
59 New Caledonia 540.93 2001
60 Malaysia 509.92 2001
61 Mauritius 509.08 2001
62 French Polynesia 507.12 2001
63 Jamaica 466.75 2001
Eastern Europe average (profile) 462.38 2001
64 Northern Mariana Islands 452.47 2000
65 Netherlands Antilles 441.57 1998
66 Uruguay 437.62 2001
67 Trinidad and Tobago 436.88 2001
68 Argentina 416.38 2001
69 Lebanon 407.41 2000
70 Grenada 391.64 2001
Former British colonies average (profile) 391.23 2001
71 Brazil 385.13 2001
Emerging markets average (profile) 383.67 2001
72 Suriname 373.56 2001
73 Republic of Macedonia 372.69 2001
74 South Africa 364.32 2001
75 Romania 356.23 2001
76 Panama 355.29 2001
77 Mexico 354 2001
78 Saint Lucia 329.51 2000
79 Dominica 309.81 2000
80 Costa Rica 305.44 2001
81 Belize 304.89 2001
82 Jordan 294.48 2001
83 Belarus 292.29 2001
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 287 2001
84 Russia 281.14 2001
85 Saudi Arabia 258.12 2001
86 Dominican Republic 256.66 2001
87 Ukraine 256.37 2001
88 Paraguay 255.25 2001
89 China 247.72 2001
90 American Samoa 247.67 1999
91 Colombia 246.83 2001
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 245.29 2001
92 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 240.39 2000
93 Gabon 234.01 2001
94 Thailand 221.92 2001
95 El Salvador 218.44 2001
96 Cape Verde 214.76 2001
97 Oman 213.44 2001
98 Botswana 213.21 2000
99 Georgia 212.54 2001
100 Fiji 210.91 2001
101 Morocco 204.42 2001
102 Moldova 201.85 2001
Religious countries average (profile) 198.47 2001
103 Philippines 191.96 2001
104 Azerbaijan 191.07 2001
105 Guyana 178.43 2001
106 Ecuador 170.41 2001
107 Maldives 168.26 2001
108 Bosnia and Herzegovina 168.03 2001
109 Guatemala 161.71 2001
110 Bolivia 152.13 2001
111 Tunisia 149.01 2001
112 Armenia 146.69 2001
113 Albania 137.91 2001
114 Peru 136.71 2001
115 Mongolia 132.99 2001
116 Kazakhstan 125.23 2000
117 Namibia 121.59 2001
118 Libya 118.28 2001
119 Syria 115 2001
120 Tonga 111.57 2001
121 Swaziland 96.08 2001
122 Turkmenistan 83.85 2000
123 Kyrgyzstan 83.28 2001
124 Honduras 83.26 2001
125 Samoa 81.88 2001
126 Sri Lanka 79.91 2001
127 Uzbekistan 68.33 2001
128 The Gambia 67.4 2001
129 Marshall Islands 66.79 2001
130 Indonesia 65.69 2001
131 Algeria 64.21 2001
132 Cote d'Ivoire 62.52 2001
133 Senegal 55.78 2001
134 Vietnam 53.02 2001
Former French colonies average (profile) 52.32 2001
135 Cuba 51.68 2001
136 Nicaragua 49.04 2000
137 Kiribati 47.91 2001
138 Equatorial Guinea 46.6 2001
139 India 43.78 2001
140 Zimbabwe 42.67 2001
141 Tajikistan 36.16 2001
142 Vanuatu 35.38 2001
143 Togo 30.72 2001
144 Kenya 29.6 2001
145 Pakistan 28.92 2001
146 Benin 28.59 2001
147 Cameroon 27.06 2001
148 Solomon Islands 21.02 2000
149 Ghana 20.83 2001
150 Haiti 20.74 2001
151 Lesotho 20.34 2000
152 Djibouti 20.11 2001
153 Zambia 19.43 2001
154 Cambodia 19.12 2001
155 Sudan 17.54 2001
156 Uganda 17.16 2001
157 Tanzania 16 2001
158 Nepal 13.87 2001
159 Papua New Guinea 13.73 2001
160 Mozambique 12.85 2001
161 Madagascar 12.53 2001
162 Angola 12.31 2001
163 Burkina Faso 11.37 2001
164 Rwanda 10.88 2001
165 Malawi 10.58 2001
166 Sierra Leone 10.19 2001
167 Guinea 10.12 2001
168 Mauritania 9.85 2000
169 Nigeria 8.9 2001
170 Bangladesh 8.26 2001
171 Mali 8.15 2001
172 Burma 6.39 2001
173 Burundi 5.83 2001
174 Central African Republic 5.27 2001
175 Ethiopia 4.76 2001
176 Chad 4.31 2001
177 Liberia 2.83 2001
178 Niger 2.12 2001

Citation

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Until recently fixed line and mobile telephones accounted for all of the telephone market. However, lately several companies have launched telephony services that operate over the internet called Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP). The main benefit of VoIP is the lower cost per call, and calls within the network are usually free. However, the hardware used for VoIP can be more expensive. The main drawback of VoIP is that high compression techniques are used to save internet bandwidth, which can lead to low call quality. If the internet network used by a persons VoIP system is congested call quality can also suffer.


Many telecommunications companies are launching VoIP services to retain customers, but there are several pure VoIP companies. Two main ones are:

Skype: This is a program that is downloaded onto a computer, and needs only a microphone, speakers and internet connection to work. As of mid-2005 Skype boasted over 125 million downloads worldwide, although not all of these are active users. Skype measures its usage in terms of the number of minutes people have talked on its service -- in mid-2005 the company passed the 10 billion minutes served mark.

Vonage: This service resembles are more typical phone service with a telephone and monthly bill. Vonage claims to be signing up 15,000 people every week in the United States and aims to have one million customers by 2006.

Posted on 26 Jun 2005

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