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Fixed telephone lines


China is the top country by fixed telephone lines in the world. As of 2016, fixed telephone lines in China was 206 million that accounts for 20.55 % of the world's fixed telephone lines. The top 5 countries (others are the United States of America, Japan, Germany, and Brazil) account for 47.57 % of it. The world's total fixed telephone lines was estimated at 1,005 million in 2016.

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What is fixed telephone lines?

A fixed telephone line (previously called main telephone line in operation) is an active* line connecting the subscriber's terminal equipment to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and which has a dedicated port in the telephone exchange equipment. This term is synonymous with the terms main station or Direct Exchange Line (DEL) that are commonly used in telecommunication documents. It may not be the same as an access line or a subscriber. This should include the active number of analog fixed telephone lines (112a), ISDN channels (28c), fixed wireless (WLL), public payphones (1112) and VoIP subscriptions (112IP). If not included, specify in a note. *Active lines are those that have registered an activity in the past three months.