List of mobile network operators

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This is a list of mobile phone network and satellite phone network operators measured by number of subscribers.

For a more comprehensive list of mobile phone operators, see Mobile country codes.

Terrestrial[edit]

This is a list of the world's 30 largest terrestrial mobile phone network operators measured by number of subscribers (and by proportionate subscribers, if the company has holdings in other operators).

Rank Company Main markets
(100% ownership unless stated otherwise)
Technology Proportionate
subscribers
(in millions)
Total
subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 China China Mobile 775.6[1]
(February 2014)
775.6[1]
(February 2014)
Government of the PRC (74.25%)
Public (25.75%)
2 United Kingdom Vodafone 419.4[2]
(December 2013)
3 India Airtel 275.2
(December 2013)
275.2[3]
(December 2013)
4 China China Unicom China China 285.7[4]
(February 2014)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
5 Mexico América Móvil 269.9[5]
(December 2013)
6 Spain Telefónica 165.6[6]
(December 2013)
254.7[6]
(December 2013)
7 Malaysia Axiata 239.7[7]
(Q3 2013)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
Public Stock (54.91%)
8 France Orange 231.5[8]
(30 June 2013)
231.5[8]
(30 June 2013)
9 Russia VimpelCom Ltd. 209[9]
(March 2012)
Telenor (42.95%)
Altimo (47.8517%)
Public (9.1983%)
10 China China Telecom 185[10]
(January 2014)
185[10]
(January 2014)
11 South Africa MTN Group 175.98[11]
(June 2012)
Public Stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1(7.72%)
12 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 167[12]
(December 2011)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
13 Norway Telenor 166[13]
(Q4 2013)
Government of Norway (53,97%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4,79%)
Public stock (41,74%)
14 SwedenFinland TeliaSonera 160[14]
(December 2010, includes MegaFon and TurkCell[15])
37.3% Government of Sweden, 11.7% Government of Finland
15 Germany T-Mobile 142.50[16]
(Q4 2013)
Deutsche Telekom
16 Saudi Arabia Saudi Telecom Company (STC) 139[17]
(December 2010)
17 India Reliance Communications India India 135.88[18]
(August 2012)
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
18 United States Verizon Wireless United States United States 115.78 [19]
(March 2012)
Verizon Communications (100%)
19 India Idea Cellular India India 113.9[20]
(December 2012)
Aditya Birla Group (49.05%)
Axiata Group Berhad (19.1%)
Providence Equity (10.6%)
20 United States AT&T Mobility 107.0[21]
(January 2013)
AT&T Inc.
21 Russia MTS 106.07[22]
(December 2011)
Sistema (50.8%)
22 Italy Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) 102.50[23]
(December 2011)
Telefonica (22.39%)
23 India BSNL India India 96.28[20]
(October 2012)
Government of India
24 India Tata Teleservices India India 77.4[18]
(July 2011)
Tata Group (74%)
NTT DoCoMo (26%)
25 Turkey Turkcell 70.7[24]
(Q3 2013)
TeliaSonera (38%)
Cukurova Group (26.12%)
M.V.Holding (1.18%)
Public Stock (34.7%)
26 India Aircel India India GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSDPA, WiMAX 66.79[20]
(October 2012)
Maxis Communications (74%)
Apollo Hospitals (26%)
27 Philippines Smart Communications Philippines Philippines 72.5[25]
(September 2013)
28 Malaysia Maxis Communications 63.71[26][27]
(December 2010)
Ananda Krishnan (75%)
Saudi Telecom Company (25%)
29 Russia MegaFon Russia Russia 62[28]
(October 2012)
TeliaSonera (35.6%)
Altimo (25.1%)
AF Telecom (8%)
30 Qatar Qtel 33.60[29]
(December 2009)
60.53[29]
(December 2009)

Satellite based[edit]

This is a list of the world's five largest satellite phone network operators measured by number of subscribers.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 United States Iridium Proprietary TDMA 0.664 (February 2014)[30]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.500 (March 2013)[31]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[32] Etisalat(28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[33]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Operation Data". China Mobile. 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ Interim management statement for the quarter ended 31 December 2013. vodafone.com
  3. ^ "Operation Data". Airtel. 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Operation Data". China Unicom. 2014-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Operation Data". América Móvil. 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.telefonica.com/en/shareholders_investors/pdf/rdos13t4-eng.pdf
  7. ^ Axiata 3Q 2013 Results.
  8. ^ a b Latest consolidated results: 1st half results (25.07.2013). Orange.com (2013-08-09).
  9. ^ VimpelCom Global Reach.
  10. ^ a b "三大运营商最新数据:电信用户罕见流失!". pconline. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  11. ^ MTN Group Interim Results 2012
  12. ^ Etisalat Corporation 2011 Annual Report
  13. ^ [1]. Telenor.com. Retrieved on 12 February 2014.
  14. ^ TeliaSonera Company Presentation 2010. Teliasonera.com (2009-11-20). Retrieved on 8 July 2011.
  15. ^ Markets and brands. Teliasonera.com (2011). Retrieved on 27. November 2012.
  16. ^ "DEUTSCHE TELEKOM RESULTS Q4 2013 BACKUP" (PDF). Deutsche Telekom. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  17. ^ الأخبار. Stc.com.sa. Retrieved on 8 July 2011.
  18. ^ a b AUSPI
  19. ^ "Grading the top 10 U.S. carriers in the 4th quarter of 2012". Fiercewireless.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  20. ^ a b c Idea Cellular Quarterly Report. COAI
  21. ^ "AT&T Reports Solid Earnings, Strong Cash Flow, Robust Mobile Broadband Sales and Improving Wireline Revenue Trends". Att.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  22. ^ MTS Q4 2011 Report
  23. ^ Telecom Italia. Telecom Italia (2011-12-31). Retrieved on 8 July 2011.
  24. ^ "TURKCELL-Key Financial and Operational Data". Turkcell.com.tr. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  25. ^ "Consolidated service revenues up 13% year-on-year to P42.8 billion" (pdf). Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  26. ^ http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/trai/upload/PressReleases/798/prerdiv9feb11.pdf
  27. ^ http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/about_us/investor/pdf/Maxis_4Q10_Presentation_FINAL.pdf
  28. ^ [2]. businessweek.com (2012-10-09). Retrieved on 16 October 2012.
  29. ^ a b http://www.qtel.qa/documents/2009QtelQ4&FYResultsPresentation.pdf
  30. ^ "Iridium Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2013 Results; Company Issues 2014 and Long-Range Outlook". Investor.iridium.com. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  31. ^ "2012 Annual Report". Globalstar.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  32. ^ [3][dead link]
  33. ^ http://www.inmarsat.com/Downloads/English/Investors/IHL_Q_3_2009.pdf?language=EN&textonly=False

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