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World's top 20 nations with telephone connections

Last updated on: May 21, 2013 12:55 IST

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From being an inevitable part of the telecommunication services, landlines are becoming outdated.

With the advent of cheaper mobile phones, the popularity of landphones started declining.

Today, China tops in the total number of main telephone lines.

China

Rank: 1

Number of main telephones: 285.11 million

Take a look at the countries with the highest number of telephone lines according to Indexmundi...

(Total number of main telephone lines in use as of January 1, 2012)

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Photographs: A mother carrying her child in a phone booth.

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United States

Rank: 2

Number of main telephones: 151 million

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Image: An aerial view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from Lower Manhattan in New York.
Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters

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Germany

Rank: 3

Number of main telephones: 45.6 million

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Image: A house decorated with Christmas lights and figurines is lit up in Freising, about 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Munich.
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Russia

Rank: 4

Number of main telephones: 44.95 million

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Image: Moscow, Russia.
Photographs: Viktor Korotayev/Reuters

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Brazil

Rank: 5

Number of main telephones: 43.02 million

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Image: Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia.
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
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Japan

Rank: 6

Number of main telephones: 40.41 million

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Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters

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Indonesia

Rank: 7

Number of main telephones: 37.96 million

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France

Rank: 8

Number of main telephones: 36.15 million

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Image: Christmas holiday lights hang from trees to illuminate Champs Elysees in Paris as rush hour traffic fills the avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe.
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India

Rank: 9

Number of main telephones: 35.09 million  

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United Kingdom

Rank: 10

Number of main telephones: 33.32 million

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South Korea

Rank: 11

Number of main telephones: 28.5 million

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Iran

Rank: 12

Number of main telephones: 26.84 million 

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Image: A man counts notes in Tehran.
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Italy

Rank: 13

Number of main telephones: 21.60 million

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Spain

Rank: 14

Number of main telephones: 19.90 million

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Mexico

Rank: 15

Number of main telephones: 19.89 million

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Canada

Rank: 16

Number of main telephones: 16.43 million 

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Taiwan

Rank: 17

Number of main telephones: 16.43 million

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Vietnam

Rank: 18

Number of main telephones: 16.40 million

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Turkey

Rank: 19

Number of main telephones: 16.20 million

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district.
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Ukraine

Rank: 20

Number of main telephones: 12.94 million

 



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