Number of mobile phone connections in Germany 1992-2018

This statistic shows the number of mobile connections in Germany from 1992 to 2018. The figures refer to the number of SIM cards in circulation and include mobile phone contracts as well as prepaid connections and SIM cards that are used for automatic communications between machines (M2M). In 2018, there were roughly 137 million mobile connections in Germany.

Number of mobile phone connections in Germany from 1992 to 2018

Mobile connections in millions
'18136.96
'17135.04
'16*129.87
'15113.83
'14112.63
'13115.23
'12113.16
'11114.13
'10108.85
'09108.26
'08107.25
'0797.15
'0685.65
'0579.27
'0471.32
'0364.84
'0259.13
'0156.13
'0048.25
'9923.47
'9813.91
'978.29
'965.55
'953.76
'942.48
'931.77
'920.95
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

Germany

Survey time period

1992 to 2018

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the actual number of SIM cards circulating may exceed the figures taken from company reports. Additionally, it should be kept in mind that the increased popularity of secondary and tertiary phones over the last years resulted in some SIM cards not being used for longer periods of time.

* The source adds the following information: "The increase in number of mobile phone connections is due to a change in counting methodology by Vodafone." Until 2015 only direct Vodafone customers were taken into consideration.

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