October 9, 2018

Technology use in Africa: Mobile phones

% of adults who own a cellphone
(Countries surveyed in Africa are highlighted in green)

Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States 89 89 91 95 95
Canada 79 -- 83 86 83
France 86 85 85 91 93
Germany 88 90 94 94 92
Greece 88 88 -- 89 91
Hungary -- -- -- 89 91
Italy 92 93 95 89 90
Netherlands -- -- -- 96 96
Poland 84 84 88 89 91
Spain 91 91 96 97 97
Sweden -- -- -- -- 97
United Kingdom 92 92 92 93 93
Russia 94 96 96 -- 96
Australia 91 -- 94 95 94
China 95 97 97 97 --
India 77 81 78 72 73
Indonesia 78 78 77 -- 75
Japan 85 87 89 92 92
Philippines 71 74 70 -- 74
South Korea 100 100 100 -- 100
Vietnam -- 82 86 -- 92
Israel 92 93 97 -- 97
Jordan 95 97 98 -- 99
Lebanon 86 85 88 -- 95
Tunisia 88 86 -- -- 84
Turkey 87 -- 95 -- 96
Ghana 79 83 75 -- 80
Kenya 82 82 82 -- 80
Nigeria 78 89 89 -- 80
Senegal 81 83 83 -- 79
South Africa 91 89 89 -- 91
Tanzania -- 73 73 -- 75
Argentina 83 82 82 -- 85
Brazil 80 87 86 -- 86
Chile 91 93 93 -- 93
Colombia -- 89 -- -- 89
Mexico 63 74 72 -- 75
Peru -- 77 78 -- 84
Venezuela -- 88 83 -- 77

Note: “--” indicates data not available for this year. Internet use is based on individuals who report either using the internet occasionally or owning a smartphone. Percentages are based on total sample.
Source: Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey. Q63, Q64, Q65 & Q71. U.S. data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018. China data from Spring 2016 Global Attitudes Survey.