List of mobile network operators

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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[edit]

This is a list of the world's 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 916.5[1]
(September 2018)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 India Vodafone Idea 443.94[2][3]
(July 2018)
Vodafone Group (45.2%)
Aditya Birla Group (26%)
Public stock (28.8%)
3 India Airtel 438.04[4]
(June 2018)
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 United Kingdom Vodafone 313.1[5][Note 4][3]
(March 2018)
5 China China Unicom 309.8[6]
(September 2018)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
6 China China Telecom 294.0[7]
(September 2018)
7 Mexico América Móvil 279.0[8]
(June 2018)
Helu Slim (36.50%)
Carlos Slim (6.84%)
Public stock (56.66%)
8 Spain Telefónica 271.9[9]
(June 2018)
9 India Reliance Jio 252.30[10]
(July 2018)
Reliance Industries
10 Netherlands Veon 250.0[11]
(June 2018)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Telenor (33%)
Public stock (10.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
11 South Africa MTN Group 223.4[12]
(June 2018)
Public stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1 (7.72%)
12 France Orange 199.0[14]
(June 2018)
Public stock (86.6%)
Government of France (13.4%)
13 Indonesia Telkomsel 196.3[15]
(December 2017)
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (65%)
Singtel (35%)
14 Norway Telenor 172.2[16]
(July 2018)
Government of Norway (53.97%)
Public stock (41.74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4.79%)
15 Germany Deutsche Telekom 169.9[17]
(March 2018)
Free float (68.2%)
Federal Republic of Germany (31.8%)
16 Saudi Arabia STC 161.0[18]
(December 2016)
17 United Arab Emirates Etisalat 159.0[19]
(March 2017)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39.97%)
18 India BSNL 158.36
(July 2018)[20]
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.
19 United States Verizon Wireless 153.9[21]
(November 2018)
Verizon Communications
20 United States AT&T Mobility 150.2[22]
(November 2018)
AT&T Inc.
21 Qatar Ooredoo 149.0[23]
(March 2017)
22 Hong Kong 3 112.2[24](2018) CK Hutchison Holdings
23 Russia MTS 106.2[25]
(May 2018)
Sistema (50.8%)
24 Malaysia Axiata 101.0[26]
(December 2015)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
25 Italy TIM 92.8[27]
(September 2016)
Telecom Italia
26 Russia MegaFon 77.3[28]
(September 2016)
USM Holdings Limited (56.32%+3.92%)
Telia Company (25.17%)
Public stock (14.59%)
27 Iran Hamrahe Aval (MCI) 65.0[29]
(December 2016)
Telecommunication Company of Iran (90%)
Public stock (10%)
28 Philippines Globe Telecom 62.8[30]
(December 2016)
Asiacom (54.5%)
Singtel (21.5%)
Ayala Corporation (13.9%)
Public stock (10.2%)
29 Philippines PLDT 61.8[31]
(September 2016)
30 United StatesSprint Corporation 53.6[32]
(March 2018)
SoftBank Group (80%)

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 0.824 (June 2016)[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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  2. ^ "Trai Press Release July 2018" (PDF). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. 18 September 2018.
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  25. ^ "Results Q1 2018" (PDF). MTS. May 2018.
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  27. ^ "Financial Results Q3 2016" (PDF). TIM. 30 September 2016.
  28. ^ "Press Release Q3 2016". MegaFon. 30 September 2016.
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  32. ^ "Q1 2018 Results". Sprint. 31 March 2018.
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  34. ^ "Globestar Announces Q1 2015 Results". Globalstar.com. 2015-03-31.
  35. ^ [1] Archived 3 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  36. ^ [2] Archived 6 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  1. ^ Except Vodafone Australia
  2. ^ Except Vodafone Australia
  3. ^ Except Vodafone Australia
  4. ^ After subtracting 222.7 million subscribers of Vodafone India as per TRAI’s March 2018 Telecom Subscription Data since Vodafone India has merged with Idea Cellular Limited to form Vodafone Idea Limited.