Telephones, Cellular Phones, and Computers by Country: 1990 to 2005

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1354):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 197 rows and 65 columns.

Rates per 100 persons. For data qualifications for countries, see source


  1. Fixed telephone lines refer to telephone lines connecting a customer’s terminal equipment (e.g.
    telephone set, facsimile machine) to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and which have a
    dedicated port on a telephone exchange. Fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants is calculated by dividing
    the number of fixed telephone lines by the population and multiplying by 100.
  2. In many countries mainframe computers are used extensively, and thousands of users
    can be connected to a single mainframe computer; thus the number of PCs understates
    the total use of computers.
  3. With the establishment of diplomatic relations with China on January 1, 1979, the U.S. government
    recognized the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China and acknowledged
    the Chinese position that there is only one China and that Taiwan is part of China.
  4. See footnote 3, Table 1298.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.