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Mobile phones per capita: The top 10 nations

Last updated on: May 15, 2013 09:00 IST

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Mobile phones have become an inevitable part of our lives. As mobile phone users continue to rise, the number of active mobile phone users is expected to hit 7.3 billion by 2014, from 6 billion active users according to International Telecommunications Union.

Interestingly, there are 100 countries where the number of phones is much higher than their total population, thanks to people owning multiple cell phones.

China with over 1 billion active mobile phone users is the world's largest market for phones. However, in terms of mobile phone per capita, China does not figure among the top 10.

Mobile phone per capita is the estimated number of mobile phone lines per 100 people. It is also known as the mobile phone penetration rate.

Click on NEXT to take a look at the top 10 countries in terms of mobile phone per capita according to Indexmundi's ranking...


Image: A visitor uses a mobile phone to take a photo of a giant panda sleeping in a tree in Beijing Zoo.
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Qatar

Rank: 1

Mobile phone per capita: 279.5

(Mobile phone per capita is the number of mobile phone lines per 100 people)

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Image: Sun reflects off the glass and steel buildings on the Doha skyline.
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United Arab Emirates

Rank: 2

Mobile phone per capita: 227.7  

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Image: A trader speaks on the phone as he monitors stocks at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the Dubai World Trade Center.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Rank: 3

Mobile phone per capita: 210.81

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Image: Saint Kitts and Nevis.
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Macau

Rank: 4

Mobile phone per capita: 197.55

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Image: A man takes pictures of hotels and casinos with his mobile phone in Macau.
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Panama

Rank: 5

Mobile phone per capita: 193.31

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Image: A cargo ship is seen at the Pedro Miguel lock on the pacific side of the Panama Canal in Panama City.
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Hong Kong

Rank: 6

Mobile phone per capita: 190.16

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Image: Property sales agents chat at their office in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

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British Virgin Islands

Rank: 7

Mobile phone per capita: 187.66

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Image: Sailboats in the British Virgin Islands.
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Antigua and Barbuda

Rank: 8

Mobile phone per capita: 185.24

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Image: A view showing parts of St. John's on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
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Cayman Islands

Rank: 9

Mobile phone per capita: 185.08

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Image: A man smokes a cigar as he walks along Seven Mile Beach in George Town, Cayman Islands.
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Suriname

Rank: 10

Mobile phone per capita: 184.93



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