List of mobile network operators

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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
945.50 [1]
(June 2021)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 India Bharti Airtel Limited 480 [2]
(September-2021)
Bharti Enterprises (66.57%)
SingTel (32.15%)
Google (1.28%)
3 India Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited 406.39 [3]
(January 2022)

Jio Platforms

4 China China Telecom Corp., Ltd 362.49[4]
(June 2021)
China Telecommunications Corporation (State Owned) (70.89%)
5 United Kingdom Vodafone Group plc 315[5][Note 1]
(FY 2021)
[Note 2]
6 China China Unicom Limited 310.45[6]
(June 2021)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (0.6%)
7 Mexico América Móvil, S.A.B. de C.V 297.73[7]
(June 2021)
Helu Slim (36.50%)
Carlos Slim (6.84%)
Public stock (56.66%)
8 South Africa MTN Group Limited 280[8]
(Dec 2020)
Public stock (60.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (25.33%)
M1 (10.05%)
9 Spain Telefónica S.A. 274.91[9]
(June 2021)
10 India Vodafone Idea 265.13[3]
(January 2022)
Government of India (35.8%)
Vodafone Group (28.5%)
Aditya Birla Group (17.8%)
Private equity (17.9%)
11 France Orange S.A. 259[11]
(2020)
Public stock (77%)
Government of France (23%)
12 Germany Deutsche Telekom AG 246.6[12]
(June 2021)
Free float (68.1%)
Federal Republic of Germany (31.9%)
13 Netherlands VEON Ltd. 212.7[13]
(Q1 2021)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Public stock (43.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
14 United States AT&T Inc. 191.64[14]
(June 2021)
Institutional Shares (59.28%)
Vanguard Group Inc (14.12%)
Blackrock Inc (11.49%)
State Street Corp (7.53%)
Newport Trust Co (5.07%)
Geode Captital Management, LLC (2.52%) [15]
15 Norway Telenor ASA 170.28[16]
(Q2 2021)
Government of Norway (53.97%)
Public stock (41.74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4.79%)
16 Indonesia PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) 164.69[17]
(Q1 2021)
Telkom Indonesia (65%)
Singtel (35%)
17 Malaysia Axiata Group Berhad 157[18][19]
(2020)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
18 United Arab Emirates Emirates Telecommunication
Group Company PJSC
(Etisalat)
154[20]
(2020)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39.97%)
19 United States Verizon Wireless 120.85[21]
(April 2021)
Verizon Communications
20 India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited 113.98 [3]
(January 2022)[Note 4][22]
Government of India
21 Qatar Ooredoo QSC 117.6[25]
(April 2021)
Government of Qatar
22 Vietnam Viettel Group 110.0[26]
(December 2018)
Government of Vietnam
23 Hong Kong CKH Group Telecom 98.49[27](2020) CK Hutchison Holdings
24 Iran MCI Hamrahe Aval 92.46[28]
(April 2020)
TCI (94.09%)
Sukuk (5.91%)
25 Russia Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) 84.9[29]
(Q1 2021)
Sistema (50.8%)
26 Japan NTT Docomo Inc. 82.63[30]
(May 2021)
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
27 Philippines Globe Telecom Inc. 79.8[31]
(May 2021)
Asiacom (50.81%)
Singtel (20.08%)

Public stock (15.65%)
Ayala Corporation (13.19%)
Directors, Officers,Executive Stock Option Plan (0.26%)

28 Philippines PLDT Inc. 71.8[32]
(May 2021)
Public (41.55%)
NTT Docomo (14.5%)

Philippine Telecommunications Investment Corp. (12.05%)
JG Summit Holdings (11.27%)

Metro Pacific Resources, Inc. (9.98%)

NTT Communications Corp (5.85%)

First Pacific (3.54%)

29 Russia MegaFon 70.5[33]
(Q1 2021)
AF Telecom Holding LLC (56.32%)
USM Telecom LLC (43.68%)
30 Japan KDDI 60.56[34]
(June 2021)
KDDI Corporation

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)[35]
2 United States Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.638 (March 2015)[36]
3 United Arab Emirates Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[37] Etisalat (28%)
4 United Kingdom Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[38]
5 Indonesia ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region

See also

Footnotes

  1. "3 FY21 additional information" (xlsx). investors.vodafone.com. Vodafone Group Plc.
  2. Vodafone Australia does not offer GSM, GPRS and EDGE.
  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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "TRAI subscription data" (PDF). January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "China Telecom Corporation". China Telecom. 7 July 2020.
  5. "Quarterly Results" (PDF). Vodafone Group plc. 3 February 2021. p. 7.
  6. "Operation Data". China Unicom. 7 September 2020.
  7. "3Q 2020 Reports" (PDF). América Móvil. 20 October 2020.
  8. "Q3 Report September 2020" (PDF). MTN Group. 6 September 2020.
  9. "January–December FY 2020 Report". December 2020. p. 8.
  10. "Non-controlling equity interest: Iraq". Orange. Archived from the original on 25 February 2020.
  11. "Press Report 3Q 2020" (PDF). 29 October 2020. p. 15.
  12. "3Q 2020 Report". 12 November 2020. p. 2.
  13. "Report 3Q 2020" (PDF). Veon. 29 October 2020.
  14. "AT&T 3Q Financial Report" (PDF). investors.att.com. p. 7. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  15. "AT&T INC. Ownership summary| NASDAQ". www.nasdaq.com. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  16. "3Q 2020 Telenor ASA Group Report" (PDF). 21 October 2020. p. 1.
  17. "Telkom Indonesia Q1 2021 financial results" (PDF). June 2021. p. 12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Axiata 4th Quarter 2019 Financials" (PDF).
  19. "Axiata 4Q19 Data Financials".
  20. "Etisalat 2Q Report 2020" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  21. "Verizon Q1 2021". www.verizon.com. Retrieved 1 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 "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. "Q1 2021 Results" (PDF). Ooredoo. April 2021. p. 12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. "Viettel to become a digital service provider this year". Viettel Group. 14 December 2019.
  27. "Customer base, 2019" (PDF). CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. 19 March 2020.
  28. سهم بازار اپراتورهای همراه در سه ماهه نخست سال جاری [Mobile operators' market share in the first quarter of this year]. rond.ir (in فارسی). Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  29. "Q1 2021 Results" (PDF). MTS. 18 May 2021. p. 2.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. "NTT FY2020" (PDF). 12 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. "Report 1Q 2021" (PDF). 7 May 2021. p. 4.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. "Financial highlights 1Q 2021" (PDF). 6 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  33. "KPI Q1 2020". MegaFon. 28 May 2020.
  34. "KDDI FY2021". 12 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  35. "Iridium Q2 2016 Results" (PDF). 30 June 2016.
  36. "Globestar Announces Q1 2015 Results". Globalstar.com. 31 March 2015.
  37. "Thuraya Launches SMS Info Service with CNN" (Press release). Thuraya. 27 November 2007. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010.
  38. "INMARSAT HOLDINGS LIMITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS For the three and nine months ended 30 September 2009 (unaudited)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2012.

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