Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, worldwide

Part of the UN World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database.

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1 Provisional.

I112 - Fixed-telephone subscription. A fixed telephone line (previously called main telephone line in operation) is an active line connecting the subscriber's terminal equipment to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and which has a dedicated port in the telephone exchange equipment. This term is synonymous with the terms main station or Direct Exchange Line (DEL) that are commonly used in telecommunication documents. It may not be the same as an access line or a subscriber. This should include the active number of analog fixed telephone lines (112a), ISDN channels (28c), fixed wireless (WLL), public payphones (1112) and VoIP subscriptions (112IP). If not included, specify in a note. Active lines are those that have registered an activity in the past three months.
I271 Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions Refers to the subscriptions to a public mobile telephone service and provides access to Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) using cellular technology, including number of pre-paid SIM cards active during the past three months. This includes both analogue and digital cellular systems (IMT-2000 (Third Generation, 3G) and 4G subscriptions, but excludes mobile broadband subscriptions via data cards or USB modems. Subscriptions to public mobile data services, private trunked mobile radio, telepoint or radio paging, and telemetry services should also be excluded. This should include all mobile cellular subscriptions that offer voice communications.

I91 - Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Calculated by dividing the number of fixed telephone lines by the population and multiplying by 100.

I911 - Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Calculated by dividing the number of mobile cellular subscriptions by the population and multiplying by 100.

I99H - Percentage of individuals using the Internet. Percent of population using the Internet, reported in national HH surveys.

May 22, 2016
Science & Technology
IBM Analytics
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