Bonus List

COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST RATIO OF CELL PHONES TO LAND LINE TELEPHONES

The countries with the highest ratio of cell phones to land line telephones have very undeveloped land line phone systems. Only recently have a sizable part of the population used phones, in the form of mobile phones. All of the countries in the top ten are in Africa, with the middle equatorial sections (versus the northern or southern areas) of the continent ranking highest. Specifically, the Democratic Republic of Congo is #1, where there were fewer than 10,000 land lines (2006), despite a population of over 50 million (and over 6 million cell phones).

The ratio around the world is almost 2 to 1 for cell phones versus land line phones. In the U.S., that ratio is closer to 1.5 to 1.


COUNTRY

1. Dem. Rep. of Congo
2. Rep. of Congo
3. Liberia
4. Chad
5. Cambodia
6. Guinea-Bissau
7. Tanzania
8. Mozambique
9. Gabon
10. Kenya

RATIO OF CELL PHONES
TO LAND LINE PHONES
680
84
82
71
69
64
57
49
44
43

At the other extreme, where the number of land lines vastly exceeds the number of cell phones is North Korea, where cell phone usage is mostly restricted to certain government officials (the number of cell phones in North Korea is unknown, but the ratio of land lines to cell phones is probably in the hundreds, if not thousands). Other countries with a ratio of land lines to cell phones greater than five include Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Cuba.

Source of Data: CIA World Factbook (most data from between 2005 and 2007)

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