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 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 810.8[1]
(Februar 2015)
Government of the PRC (74.25%)
Public (25.75%)
2 SingaporeSaudi Arabia Bridge Alliance & SingTel 543.0[4]
(December 2014)
Government of Singapore (52%)
Free Float (48%)
3 United Kingdom Vodafone 435.85[5]
(June 2014)
4 India Airtel 303.7[6]
(September 2014)
Bharti Enterprises (52.7%)

SingTel (30.8%)[2][3]
Vodafone (4.4%)

5 China China Unicom 296.4[7]
(Februar 2015)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
6 Mexico América Móvil 289.4[8]
(December 2014)
7 Spain Telefónica 249.4[9]
(September 2014)
8 Malaysia Axiata 244.0[10]
(December 2013)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
Public Stock (54.91%)
9 RussiaNorway VimpelCom 223.4[11]
(30 September 2014)
Telenor (42.95%)
Altimo (47.8517%)
Public (9.1983%)
10 South Africa MTN Group 219.2[12]
(30 September 2014)
Public Stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1(7.72%)
11 Norway Telenor 186.0[13]
(Q1 2015)
Government of Norway (53,97%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4,79%)
Public stock (41,74%)
12 China China Telecom 184.1[14]
(November 2014)
13 France Orange 182.1[15]
(30 September 2014)
14 SwedenFinland TeliaSonera 163.9[16]
(December 2013)
37.3% Government of Sweden, 11.7% Government of Finland
15 Saudi Arabia STC 161[17]
(December 2013)
16 Germany T-Mobile 149.1[18]
(30 September 2014)
Deutsche Telekom
17 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 148[19]
(December 2013)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
18 India Idea Cellular India India 143.5[20]
(September 2014)
Aditya Birla Group (49.05%)
Axiata Group Berhad (19.1%)
Providence Equity (10.6%)
19 United States Verizon Wireless United States United States 131.9[21]
(December 2014)
Verizon Communications (100%)
20 United States AT&T Mobility 120.6[22]
(January 2015)
AT&T Inc.
21 India Reliance India India 110[23]
(September 2014)
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
22 Italy TIM 105.2[24]
(September 2014)
23 Russia MTS 103.3[25]
(March 2014)
Sistema (50.8%)
24 Qatar Ooredoo 96.7[26]
(Q1 2014)
25 India BSNL India India 96.28[27]
(October 2012)
Government of India
26 India Aircel India India 79.6[28](Jan 2015) Maxis (74%)
Apollo Hospitals (26%)
27 Philippines Smart Philippines Philippines 72.5[29]
(September 2013)
28 Turkey Turkcell 70.7[30]
(Q3 2013)
TeliaSonera (38%)
Cukurova Group (26.12%)
M.V.Holding (1.18%)
Public Stock (34.7%)
29 Russia MegaFon Russia Russia 68[31]
(Q2 2014)
TeliaSonera (35.6%)
Altimo (25.1%)
AF Telecom (8%)
30 India Tata DoCoMo India India 77.4[28](Jan 2015) Tata Teleservices (74%)
NTT DoCoMo (26%)
31 Malaysia Maxis 63.71[32][33]
(December 2010)
Ananda Krishnan (75%)
Saudi Telecom Company (25%)

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)[34]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.500 (March 2013)[35]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[36] Etisalat(28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[37]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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