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Number of fixed telephone subscriptions APAC 2018 by country or region

2018 saw China amass over 192 million fixed telephone subscriptions, which was undoubtedly the highest number of telephone subscriptions throughout the Asia Pacific region. Japan and South Korea followed China with 63.5 and 25.9 million fixed telephone subscriptions respectively.

Technological presence

Taking China’s 1.4 billion population into consideration, it is not surprising that it would have the highest number of fixed telephone subscriptions across Asia Pacific. However, China has also forged a reputation as being one of the world’s most technologically innovative countries. South Korea also has a formidable telecommunications sector, with South Korean consumers expressing satisfaction with the country’s digital infrastructure.

The age of the mobile

As Asia Pacific transforms into a digital hub, its telecommunications industry has undergone a distinct evolution. Instead of fixed line communications, mobile phones are being more widely used. China ranks as the country in the region with the highest number of mobile phone subscriptions. Japan also stands as a strong competitor in terms of its telecommunications industry, boasting three major telecom operators which have each earned over ten billion U.S dollars’ worth of revenue. Similar to China, Japan has developed its mobile market, especially its smartphone market, in which it has achieved high smartphone penetration rates.

Number of fixed telephone subscriptions in the Asia Pacific region in 2018, by country or region

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March 2020



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Supplementary notes

Fixed telephone subscriptions refers to the sum of active number of analogue fixed telephone lines, voice-over-IP (VoIP) subscriptions, fixed wireless local loop (WLL) subscriptions, ISDN voice-channel equivalents and fixed public payphones.

Figures have been rounded.

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