Please note that figures are updated at the end of each calendar month. Due to compilation reasons, there is a 1-month time-lag. This means that April figures, for example, will only be released at end-May / beginning-June.

CATEGORY JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Fixed Line Market
Total Number Telephone Lines 1,942,200 1,940,900 1,939,100 1,937,300 1,935,600 1,933,700
Fixed Line Population Penetration Rate 46.6 46.5 46.5 46.4 46.4 46.4
Mobile Market
Total Mobile subscribers 3,086,500 3,102,200 3,121,800 3,131,900 3,177,900 3,244,800
GSM 900 subscribers 2,307,300 2,307,900 2,315,300 2,296,600 2,327,800 2,374,800
GSM1800 subscribers 779,200 794,300 806,500 835,300 850,100 870,000
Total Pre-Paid SIM Card subscribers1 819,900 810,800 815,300 801,700 815,900 840,700
Mobile Population Penetration Rate 74.0 74.4 74.8 75.1 76.2 77.8
Paging Market2
Total Paging subscribers 361,000 344,500 330,700 319,600 307,200 294,100
Numeric subscribers 262,200 249,600 239,200 230,000 220,200 209,900
Alphanumeric subscribers 98,900 94,900 91,600 89,600 87,000 84,200
Paging Penetration 8.7 8.3 7.9 7.7 7.4 7.1
Internet Market
Total Internet Dial-up subscribers3 1,983,000 1,988,200 1,982,400 1,994,000 1,999,000 2,000,700
Internet Dial-up Population Penetration Rate^ 47.5 47.7 47.5 47.8 47.9 48.0
Total Internet Leased Circuit subscribers 3,800 3,600 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,400
International Telephone Service4
No. of International Telephone call minutes 248.10 million 241.53 million 239.55 million 254.06 million 217.94 million 204.35 million
Trunked Radio Services
Total Trunked Radio subscribers 53,300 53,700 53,300 53,300 53,400 53,300
Analogue subscribers 6,400 6,300 6,100 6,000 5,900 5,600
Digital subscribers 46,900 47,400 47,200 47,300 47,600 47,700
Mobile Data Services5
Total Mobile Data subscribers 15,700 15,700 15,700 15,800 15,800 15,800

All subscriber figures rounded to the nearest hundred.
All penetration figures rounded to the nearest decimal point.

These telecom statistics are subject to revision from time to time to ensure accuracy.


1 The pre-paid SIM card subscriber base figures are included in the total number of mobile phone subscribers as well as in the total number of GSM900 and GSM1800 subscriber bases.

2 Paging figures from Jan 99 onwards have been re-computed based on updated data information.

3 The Internet Dial-up Penetration figures includes: (i) subscribers to paid Internet access service for all IASPs, including ISDN dial-up subscribers; and (ii) subscribers to free Internet access. Following full telecom market liberalisation, the number of IASPs have increased considerably. Starting Jan 2001, the published figures on the internet dial-up market include contributions from such new IASPs.

4 This figure includes total retail outgoing international call minutes as well as transit minutes and. includes all Service-Based Operators (SBO).

5 Mobile data services refer to services provided by licensees that offer Public Mobile Data Services (PMDS) under their Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) licence. Subscribers to such PMDS services include fleet management companies, dispatch service agencies etc.


Last updated on: 30 Jul 2021