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.

Rank Company Main markets Technology Total
subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
(100% ownership unless stated otherwise)
1 China China Mobile 847.2[1]
(November 2016)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 United Kingdom Vodafone 469.7[2]
(September 2016)
3 India Airtel 346.9[3]
(September 2016)
Bharti Telecom Limited (45.09%)
Public stock (28.16%)
Pastel Limited (14.79%)
Indian Continent Investment Limited (6.65%)
Life Insurance Corporation of India (5.31%)
4 Mexico América Móvil 283.9[4]
(September 2016)
5 Spain Telefónica 274.9[5]
(September 2016)
6 China China Unicom 263.0[6]
(November 2016)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
7 South Africa MTN Group 234.7[7]
(September 2016)
Public stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1 (7.72%)
8 China China Telecom 214.2[8]
(November 2016)
9 Norway Telenor 211.0[9]
(September 2016)
Government of Norway (53,97%)
Public stock (41,74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4,79%)
10 Netherlands VimpelCom 205.5[10]
(September 2016)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Telenor (33%)
Public stock (10.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
11 France Orange 194.5[11]
(September 2016)
Public stock (86.6%)
Government of France (13.4%)
12 India Idea Cellular 185.1 [12]
(October 2016)
Aditya Birla Group (49.05%)
Axiata Group Berhad (19.8%)
Providence Equity (10.6%)
13 Germany T-Mobile 163.0[13]
(September 2016)
Deutsche Telekom
14 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 163.0[14]
(June 2016)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39,97%)
15 Saudi Arabia STC 161.0[15]
(December 2013)
16 Indonesia Telkomsel 152.6[16]
(December 2015)
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (65%)
Singtel (35%)
17 United States Verizon Wireless 143.9[17]
(November 2016)
Verizon Communications
18 United States AT&T Mobility 133.3[18]
(September 2016)
AT&T Inc.
19 Qatar Ooredoo 133.3[19]
(September 2016)
20 Russia MTS 108.8[20]
(October 2016)
Sistema (50.8%)
21 Hong Kong CK Hutchison 101.9[21](2015)
22 Malaysia Maxis 101.8[22][23]
(September 2016)
Ananda Krishnan (75%)
Saudi Telecom Company (25%)
23 Malaysia Axiata 101.0[24]
(December 2015)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
24 India BSNL 93.7[25]
(Sept 2016)
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.
25 Italy TIM 92.8[26]
(September 2016)
Telecom Italia
26 India Reliance 87.1[27]
(August 2016)
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
27 Russia MegaFon 77.3[28]
(September 2016)
USM Holdings Limited (56.32%+3,92%)
Telia Company (25.17%)
Public stock (14,59%)
28 Philippines Globe Telecom 65.4[29]
(September 2016)
Asiacom (54,5%)
Singtel (21,5%)
Ayala Corporation (13,9%)
Public stock (10,2%)
29 Turkey Turkcell 64.7[30]
(September 2016)
Turkcell Holding A.Ş. (51%)
Public stock (34.93%)
Sonera Holding B.V. (14.02%)
Çukurova Holding A.Ş. (0,05%)
30 Philippines PLDT 61.8[31]
(September 2016)
31 United StatesSprint Corporation 60.2[32]
(September 2016)
SoftBank Corporation (80%)
32 India Tata DoCoMo 55.7[33]
(October 2016)
Tata Teleservices (74%)
NTT DoCoMo (26%)
33 India Jio 52[34]
(December 2016)
Reliance Industries
34 Thailand AIS 39.9[35]
(September 2016)
Intouch Holdings (40,45%)
Public stock (36,23%)
Singtel (23,32%)

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 0.823 (June 2016)[36]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.638 (March 2015)[37]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[38] Etisalat (28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[39]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Operation Data". China Mobile. 2016-11-30. 
  2. ^ "3Q Report 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "3Q 2016 Report". Airtel. 2016-09-30. 
  4. ^ "3Q 2016 Reports" (PDF). América Móvil. 2016-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Report 3Q 2016". 30 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Operation Data". China Unicom. 2016-11-30. 
  7. ^ "3Q Results 2016" (PDF). MTN Group. 30 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "China Telecom Mobile subscribers". China Telecom. 
  9. ^ "3Q 2016 Telenor Group Report" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "VimpelCom Reports 3Q 2016" (PDF). VimpelCom. 30 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Orange Report 3Q 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "October 30 TRAI report" (PDF). TRAI. 9 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Report Q3 2016". Deutsche Telekom. 30 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Etisalat 1H Report 2016" (PDF). Etisalat. 30 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "STC Investor Factsheet" (PDF). STC. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). 31 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "How Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and more stacked up in Q3 2016: The top 7 carriers". FierceWireless. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Report Q3 2016" (PDF). AT&T. 30 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "Q3 2016 Results" (PDF). Ooredoo. 30 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Results Q3 2016" (PDF). MTS. 31 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "Operator group ranking, 2015". GSMA intelligence. 28 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "Financial Results Q3 2016" (PDF). Maxis. 30 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Press Release" (PDF). TRAI. 31 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Axiata - Annual Report 2015" (PDF). 
  25. ^ "Press Release Sept 2016" (PDF). TRAI. 9 Dec 2016. 
  26. ^ "Financial Results Q3 2016" (PDF). TIM. 30 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Press Release August 2016" (PDF). Reliance. 31 August 2016. 
  28. ^ "Press Release Q3 2016". MegaFon. 30 September 2016. 
  29. ^ "Report 3Q 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  30. ^ "3Q 2016 Results" (PDF). Turkcell. 30 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Financial highlights 3Q 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  32. ^ "Press Release 3Q 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "Press Release 2017" (PDF). TRAI. 09 January 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  34. ^ "52 mn Reliance Jio users don't add up to a winning total yet. Here's why". 
  35. ^ "Report 3Q 2016" (PDF). 30 September 2016. 
  36. ^ "Iridium Q2 2016 Results" (PDF). 2016-06-30. 
  37. ^ "Globestar Announces Q1 2015 Results". Globalstar.com. 2015-03-31. 
  38. ^ [1] Archived 3 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ [2] Archived 6 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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