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Mobile Subscriptions 2015

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Mobile phones subscriptions have seen a drastic change in only 25 years. In the past decade, a global shift in predominance of mobile phone ownership has seen low-income countries reach near ubiquitous levels and to a certain extent helped overcome the lack of landline connections. The International Telecommunication Union estimates that there are now over 7.5 billion wireless subscribers which are shown in this cartogram; over 70% of them reside in low- and middle- income countries and over 85% of the world’s population has wireless signal cover. Mobile phone technology has narrowed the gap between high and middle/low-income countries like no preceding technological advance.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of all mobile telephone subscriptions found there in 2015.

Data sources
This map uses data by UN Human Development Report (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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