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List of mobile network operators

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

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

Terrestrial

This is a list of the world's thirty largest terrestrial mobile phone network operators measured by number of subscriptions.

Rank Company Main markets Technology Total
subscriptions
(in millions)
Ownership
(100% ownership unless stated otherwise)
1 China China Mobile
Communications Corporation
List
  •  China (China Mobile)
  •  Hong Kong (CMHK)
  •  Pakistan (Zong)
  •  Thailand (TrueMove H)
  •  United Kingdom (CMLink)
List
940.86 [1]
(January 2021)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 India Bharti Airtel Limited
List
  •  Burkina Faso (Airtel)
  •  Chad (Airtel)
  •  Bangladesh (Robi Axiata Limited)(31.3%)
  •  DR Congo (Airtel)
  •  Gabon (Airtel)
  •  Ghana (Airtel)
  •  Guernsey (Airtel-Vodafone)
  •  India (Airtel)
  •  Jersey (Airtel-Vodafone)
  •  Kenya (Airtel)
  •  Madagascar (Airtel)
  •  Malawi (Airtel)
  •  Niger (Airtel)
  •  Nigeria (Airtel)
  •  Republic of the Congo (Airtel)
  •  Rwanda (Airtel)
  •  Seychelles (Airtel)
  •  Sierra Leone (Airtel)
  •  Sri Lanka (Airtel)
  •  Tanzania (Airtel)
  •  Uganda (Airtel)
  •  Zambia (Airtel)
458.00 [2]
(Dec-2020)
Bharti Enterprises (64%)

SingTel (36%)

3 India Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
List
410.78 [3][4]
(January 2021)

Jio Platforms

4 China China Telecom Corp., Ltd
List
  • China China
  •  Macau
352.55[5]
(January 2021)
China Telecommunications Corporation (State Owned) (70.89%)
5 United Kingdom Vodafone Group plc
List
[Note 1] 311.7[6][Note 2]
(February 2021)
6 China China Unicom Limited
List
  • China China Unicom
  • Hong Kong CUniq HK
  • United States CUniq US
  • United Kingdom CUniq UK
309.18[7]
(September 2020)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (0.6%)
7 India Vodafone Idea Limited
List
281.97[3]
(December 2020)
Vodafone Group (44.4%)
Aditya Birla Group (26.0%)
Axiata Group Berhad (8.17%)
Private equity (20.73%)
8 Mexico América Móvil, S.A.B. de C.V
List
280.72[8]
(October 2020)
Helu Slim (36.50%)
Carlos Slim (6.84%)
Public stock (56.66%)
9 South Africa MTN Group Limited
List
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Benin Benin
  • Botswana Botswana
  • Cameroon Cameroon
  • Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
  • Ivory Coast Cote d'Ivoire
  • Ghana Ghana
  • Guinea Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran Iran (49%)
  • Liberia Liberia
  • Nigeria Nigeria
  • Rwanda Rwanda
  • South Africa South Africa
  • Sudan Sudan
  • Eswatini Eswatini (30%)
  • Syria Syria
  • Uganda Uganda
  • Yemen Yemen
  • Zambia Zambia
List
273.44[9]
(September 2020)
Public stock (60.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (25.33%)
M1 (10.05%)
10 Spain Telefónica S.A.
List
  • Argentina Argentina (Movistar)
  • Brazil Brazil (Vivo)
  • Chile Chile (Movistar)
  • Colombia Colombia (Movistar)
  • Ecuador Ecuador (Movistar)
  • Germany Germany (O2)
  • Mexico Mexico (Movistar)
  • Peru Peru (Movistar)
  • Spain Spain (Movistar)
  • Sudan Sudan (Sudan Unicom)
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom (O2)
  • Uruguay Uruguay (Movistar)
  • Venezuela Venezuela (Movistar)
266.28[10]
(December 2020)
11 France Orange S.A.
List
211.86[12]
(October 2020)
Public stock (77%)
Government of France (23%)
12 Netherlands VEON Ltd.
List
207.40[13]
(October 2020)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Public stock (43.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
13 Germany Deutsche Telekom AG
List
199.71[14]
(September 2020)
Free float (68.1%)
Federal Republic of Germany (31.9%)
14 Norway Telenor ASA
List
180.30[15]
(October 2020)
Government of Norway (53.97%)
Public stock (41.74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4.79%)
15 United States AT&T Inc.
List
176.74[16]
(October 2020)
Institutional Shares (59.28%)
Vanguard Group Inc (14.12%)
Blackrock Inc (11.49%)
State Street Corp (7.53%)
Newport Trust Co (5.07%)
Grode Captital Management, LLC (2.52%) [17]
16 Indonesia PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
List
  • Indonesia Indonesia (Telkomsel)
    East Timor East Timor (Telkomcel)
162.57[18]
(July 2020)
PT Telkom Indonesia (65%)
Singtel (35%)
17 United Arab Emirates Emirates Telecommunication
Group Company PJSC
(Etisalat)
List
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Benin Benin
  • Central African Republic Central African Republic
  • Egypt Egypt
  • Gabon Gabon
  • Indonesia Indonesia (XL Axiata) (13.3%)
  • Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
  • Niger Niger
  • Nigeria Nigeria (40%)
  • Pakistan Pakistan (26%)
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (27%)
  • Sudan Sudan
  • Tanzania Tanzania
  • Togo Togo
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
146.10[19]
(July 2020)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39.97%)
18 Malaysia Axiata Group Berhad
List
145.84[20][21]
(February 2020)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
19 India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited 122.10 [3]
(January 2021)[Note 4][22]
Government of India
20 United States Verizon Wireless
List
  • United States United States
List
120.32[25]
(October 2020)
Verizon Communications
21 Qatar Ooredoo QSC
List
118.32[26]
(April 2020)
22 Vietnam Viettel Group
List
  • Burundi Burundi (Lumitel)
  • Cambodia Cambodia (Metfone)
  • Cameroon Cameroon (Nexttel)
  • East Timor East Timor (Telemor)
  • Haiti Haiti (Natcom)
  • Laos Laos (Unitel)
  • Mozambique Mozambique (Movitel)
  • Myanmar Myanmar (Mytel)
  • Peru Peru (Bitel)
  • Tanzania Tanzania (Halotel)
  • Vietnam Vietnam
110.0[27]
(December 2018)
Government of Vietnam
23 Hong Kong CKH Group Telecom
List
98.49[28](2020) CK Hutchison Holdings
24 Philippines Globe Telecom Inc.
List
  • Philippines Philippines
89.32[29]
(May 2020)
Asiacom (54.5%)
Singtel (21.5%)
Ayala Corporation (13.9%)
Public stock (10.2%)
25 Russia Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)
List
  • Russia Russia (MTS)
  • Armenia Armenia (VivaCell-MTS)
  • Belarus Belarus (MTS))
84.90[30]
(August 2020)
Sistema (50.8%)
26 Japan NTT Docomo Inc.
List
  • Japan Japan
79.67[31]
(December 2019)
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
27 Russia MegaFon
List
  • Russia Russia
  • Tajikistan Tajikistan
75.10[32]
(May 2020)
AF Telecom Holding LLC (56.32%)
USM Telecom LLC (43.68%)
28 Philippines PLDT Inc.
List
73.08[33]
(May 2020)
First Pacific (25.57%)
NTT Docomo (20.35%)
JG Summit Holdings (11.27%)
Public (42.15%)
Directors and officers (0.66%)
29 Italy TIM
List
  • Brazil Brazil (TIM)
  • Italy Italy (TIM)
  • San Marino San Marino (TIM)
  • Vatican City Vatican city (TIM)
54.5[34]
(September 2019)
30 Nigeria Globacom Limited
List
52.42[35][36]
(December 2019)

Satellite based

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 0.824 (June 2016)[37]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.638 (March 2015)[38]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[39] Etisalat (28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[40]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Vodafone Australia does not offer GSM, GPRS and EDGE.
  2. ^ https:https://investors.vodafone.com/sites/vodafone-ir/files/result_document/q3-fy21/vodafone-q3-fy21-additional-information.xlsx
  3. ^ BSNL and MTNL merger approved by Government of India.
  4. ^ After adding subscribers of MTNL to BSNL, because MTNL will merge with BSNL.

References

  1. ^ "Monthly Customer Data". China Mobile. 7 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Quarterly IR Pack Bharti Airtel Consolidated" (PDF). bharti airtel. 31 December 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Sequential improvement in Q2 as lockdown started to ease; VIL's GIGAnetnow the fastest 4G network in the country" (PDF). 29 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Financial and Operational Performance of Jio Platforms Limited Q1 2020-2021 Report". Reliance industries. 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ "China Telecom Corporation". China Telecom. 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Quarterly Results" (PDF). Vodafone Group plc. 3 February 2021. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Operation Data". China Unicom. 7 September 2020.
  8. ^ "3Q 2020 Reports" (PDF). América Móvil. 20 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Q3 Report September 2020" (PDF). MTN Group. 6 September 2020.
  10. ^ "January-December FY 2020 Report". December 2020. p. 8.
  11. ^ https://www.orange.com/en/Group/Orange-in-the-world/countries/Non-controlling-equity-interest-Iraq
  12. ^ "Press Report 3Q 2020" (PDF). 29 October 2020. p. 15.
  13. ^ "Report 3Q 2020" (PDF). Veon. 29 October 2020.
  14. ^ "3Q 2020 Report". 12 November 2020. p. 2.
  15. ^ "3Q 2020 Telenor ASA Group Report" (PDF). 21 October 2020. p. 1.
  16. ^ "AT&T 3Q Financial Report" (PDF). investors.att.com. p. 7. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  17. ^ "AT&T INC. Ownership summary| NASDAQ". www.nasdaq.com. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Telkom Indonesia Q1 2020 financial results" (PDF). 1 July 2020. p. 12.
  19. ^ "Etisalat 2Q Report 2020" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Axiata 4th Quarter 2019 Financials" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Axiata 4Q19 Data Financials".
  22. ^ a b "MTNL to be act as BSNL subsidiary Till Merger Complete". The Hindu. 29 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Government approves Revival package for BSNL, MTNL". Economic Times. 23 October 2019.
  24. ^ "BSNL, MTNL to be merged, along with special package". India Today. 23 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Verizon Q3 2020". www.verizon.com. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  26. ^ "Q1 2020 Results" (PDF). Ooredoo. 29 April 2020. p. 12.
  27. ^ "Viettel to become a digital service provider this year". Viettel Group. 14 December 2019.
  28. ^ "Customer base, 2019" (PDF). CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. 19 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Report 1Q 2020" (PDF). 5 May 2020. p. 3.
  30. ^ "Q2 2020 Results" (PDF). MTS. 19 August 2020. p. 3.
  31. ^ "NTT 3Q 2019" (PDF). 30 January 2020.
  32. ^ "KPI Q1 2020". MegaFon. 28 May 2020.
  33. ^ "Financial highlights 1Q 2020" (PDF). 7 May 2020.
  34. ^ "Financial Results Q3 2019" (PDF). 30 September 2019. p. 12.
  35. ^ "Glo mobile Subscriber Nigeria". NCC Nigeira. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  36. ^ "Glo mobile Subscriber Ghana" (PDF). NCA Ghana. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  37. ^ "Iridium Q2 2016 Results" (PDF). 30 June 2016.
  38. ^ "Globestar Announces Q1 2015 Results". Globalstar.com. 31 March 2015.
  39. ^ [1] Archived 3 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ [2] Archived 6 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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