Asian National Statistical Offices should consider inserting a question on telephones into their household surveys that will capture this.
NEARLY half of Lithuanian households now use just a mobile phone rather than having a fixed line at home too, according to the European Union’s statistical office. The Finns, fast adopters of technology, are close behind with 47% of households ditching the home phone. People from Central and Eastern Europe are more likely to have only a mobile phone, perhaps because fewer households had a fixed line in the first place. But the home phone is not yet dead. The number of fixed lines per 100 people in the EU increased from 44 in 1996 to 48 in 2005.
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