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 796,1[1]
(August 2014)
796,1[1]
(August 2014)
Government of the PRC (74.25%)
Public (25.75%)
2 United Kingdom Vodafone 435.85[2]
(June 2014)
3 India Airtel 300.2
(December 2013)
300.2[3]
(July 2014)
Bharti Enterprises
4 China China Unicom China China 296.5[4]
(August 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 220.6[9]
(Q2 2014)
Telenor (42.95%)
Altimo (47.8517%)
Public (9.1983%)
10 South Africa MTN Group 210.065[10]
(March 2014)
Public Stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1(7.72%)
11 SwedenFinland TeliaSonera 190.5[11]
(December 2013, includes MegaFon and Turkcell[12])
37.3% Government of Sweden, 11.7% Government of Finland
12 China China Telecom 185[13]
(January 2014)
185[13]
(January 2014)
13 Norway Telenor 166[14]
(Q4 2013)
Government of Norway (53,97%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4,79%)
Public stock (41,74%)
14 Saudi Arabia STC 161[15]
(December 2013)
15 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 148[16]
(December 2013)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
16 Germany T-Mobile 146.9[17]
(June 2014)
Deutsche Telekom
17 United States Verizon Wireless United States United States 123.5[18]
(August 2014)
Verizon Communications (100%)
18 India Reliance India India 123[19]
(March 2013)
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
19 India Idea Cellular India India 121[20]
(2013)
Aditya Birla Group (49.05%)
Axiata Group Berhad (19.1%)
Providence Equity (10.6%)
20 United States AT&T Mobility 116.6[18]
(August 2014)
AT&T Inc.
21 Russia MTS 103.3[21]
(March 2014)
Sistema (50.8%)
22 Italy TIM 102.50[22]
(December 2011)
Telefonica (22.39%)
23 Qatar Ooredoo 96.7[23]
(Q1 2014)
24 India BSNL India India 96.28[24]
(October 2012)
Government of India
25 India Tata DoCoMo India India 77.4[25]
(July 2011)
Tata Teleservices (74%)
NTT DoCoMo (26%)
26 Philippines Smart Philippines Philippines 72.5[26]
(September 2013)
27 Turkey Turkcell 70.7[27]
(Q3 2013)
TeliaSonera (38%)
Cukurova Group (26.12%)
M.V.Holding (1.18%)
Public Stock (34.7%)
28 Russia MegaFon Russia Russia 68[28]
(Q2 2014)
TeliaSonera (35.6%)
Altimo (25.1%)
AF Telecom (8%)
29 India Aircel India India 66.79[24]
(October 2012)
Maxis (74%)
Apollo Hospitals (26%)
30 Malaysia Maxis 63.71[29][30]
(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)[31]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.500 (March 2013)[32]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[33] Etisalat(28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[34]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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