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 817.20[1]
(June 2015)
Government of the PRC (74.25%)
Public (25.75%)
2 United Kingdom Vodafone 449.19[2]
(June 2015)
3 India Airtel 331.386[3]
(June 2015)
Bharti Enterprises (52.7%)

Singtel (30.8%)[4][5]

4 Mexico América Móvil 289.65[6]
(March 2015)
5 China China Unicom 289.31[7]
(June 2015)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
6 Malaysia Axiata 260.0[8]
(June 2015)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
Public Stock (54.91%)
7 Spain Telefónica 253.60[9]
(June 2015)
8 South Africa MTN Group 231.00[10]
(June 2015)
Public Stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1(7.72%)
9 RussiaNorway VimpelCom 213.40[11]
(June 2015)
Telenor (42.95%)
Altimo (47.8517%)
Public (9.1983%)
10 China China Telecom 191.44[12]
(June 2015)
11 France Orange 189.82[13]
(June 2015)
12 Norway Telenor 189.00[14]
(June 2015)
Government of Norway (53,97%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4,79%)
Public stock (41,74%)
13 SwedenFinland TeliaSonera 163.9[15]
(December 2013)
37.3% Government of Sweden, 11.7% Government of Finland
14 Saudi Arabia STC 161[16]
(December 2013)
15 Germany T-Mobile 152.40[17]
(March 2015)
Deutsche Telekom
16 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 148[18]
(December 2013)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
17 India Idea Cellular India India 143.5[19]
(September 2014)
Aditya Birla Group (49.05%)
Axiata Group Berhad (19.1%)
Providence Equity (10.6%)
18 United States Verizon Wireless United States United States 135.4[20]
(August 2015)
Verizon Communications
19 United States AT&T Mobility 123.9[21]
(July 2015)
AT&T Inc.
20 India Reliance India India 110[22]
(September 2014)
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
21 Italy TIM 105.2[23]
(September 2014)
22 Russia MTS 103.3[24]
(March 2014)
Sistema (50.8%)
23 Qatar Ooredoo 96.7[25]
(Q1 2014)
24 India BSNL India India 96.28[26]
(October 2012)
Government of India
25 India Aircel India India 79.6[27](Jan 2015) Maxis (74%)
Apollo Hospitals (26%)
26 Philippines Smart Philippines Philippines 72.5[28]
(September 2013)
27 Turkey Turkcell 70.7[29]
(Q3 2013)
TeliaSonera (38%)
Cukurova Group (26.12%)
M.V.Holding (1.18%)
Public Stock (34.7%)
28 Russia MegaFon Russia Russia 68[30]
(Q2 2014)
TeliaSonera (35.6%)
Altimo (25.1%)
AF Telecom (8%)
29 India Tata DoCoMo India India 77.4[27](Jan 2015) Tata Teleservices (74%)
NTT DoCoMo (26%)
30 Malaysia Maxis 63.71[31][32]
(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 0.748 (March 2015)[33]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.638 (March 2015)[34]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[35] Etisalat(28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[36]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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