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[edit]

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
935.04[1]
(June 2019)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 India Bharti Airtel Limited 384.07 [2] [3] [4]
(May 2019)
Bharti Enterprises (64%)

SingTel (36%)

3 India Vodafone Idea Limited 334.10 [5] [4]
(May 2019)
Vodafone Group (45.2%)
Aditya Birla Group (26%)
Public stock (28.8%)
4 China China Unicom Limited 324.35[6]
(June 2019)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefonica (9.7%)
5 India Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited 322.99[4] [7]
(May 2019)
Reliance Industries
6 China China Telecom Corp., Ltd 321.46[8]
(May 2019)
China Telecommunications Corporation (State Owned) (70.89%)
7 Mexico América Móvil, S.A.B. de C.V 277.42[9]
(March 2019)
Helu Slim (36.50%)
Carlos Slim (6.84%)
Public stock (56.66%)
8 South Africa MTN Group Limited 236.6[10]
(March 2019)
Public stock (68.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (17.23%)
M1 (7.72%)
9 Netherlands VEON Ltd. 211.00[11]
(March 2019)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Telenor (33%)
Public stock (10.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
10 France Orange S.A. 203.78[13]
(March 2019)
Public stock (86.6%)
Government of France (13.4%)
11 United Kingdom Vodafone Group plc [Note 1] 191.90[14][Note 2][15]
(March 2019)
12 Germany Deutsche Telekom AG 179.10[16]
(March 2019)
Free float (68.2%)
Federal Republic of Germany (31.8%)
13 Norway Telenor ASA 176.00[17]
(March 2019)
Government of Norway (53.97%)
Public stock (41.74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4.79%)
14 Indonesia Telkomsel (PT Telekomunikasi Selular) 163.0[18]
(December 2018)
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (65%)
Singtel (35%)
15 Saudi Arabia Saudi Telecom Company 161.0[19]
(December 2016)
16 United States Verizon Wireless 153.9[20]
(November 2018)
Verizon Communications
17 United States AT&T Inc. 150.2[21]
(November 2018)
Institutional Shares (59.28%)
VANGUARD GROUP INC (14.12%)
BLACKROCK INC. (11.49%)
STATE STREET CORP (7.53%)
NEWPORT TRUST CO (5.07%)
GEODE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC (2.52%) [22]
18 Malaysia Axiata Group Berhad 149.0[23] [24]
(December 2018)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
19 United Arab Emirates Emirates Telecommunication

Group Company PJSC (Etisalat)

143.00[25]
(March 2019)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39.97%)
20 Spain Telefónica S.A. 124.8[26]
(March 2019)
21 India BSNL MOBILE

(Formerly CellOne)

115.95[4]
(May 2019)
Government of India
22 Qatar Ooredoo QSC 112.14[27]
(March 2019)
23 Hong Kong 3 Group Europe 112.2[28](2018) CK Hutchison Holdings
24 Russia Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) 104.7[29]
(May 2019)
Sistema (50.8%)
25 Italy TIM 92.8[30]
(September 2016)
26 Philippines Globe Telecom Inc. 83.5[31]
(March 2019)
Asiacom (54.5%)
Singtel (21.5%)
Ayala Corporation (13.9%)
Public stock (10.2%)
27 Russia MegaFon 76.9[32]
(December 2018)
USM Holdings Limited (56.32%+3.92%)
Telia Company (25.17%)
Public stock (14.59%)
28 Iran Mobile Telecommunication
Company of Iran
(Hamrahe Aval)
65.0[33]
(December 2016)
Telecommunication Company of Iran (90%)
Public stock (10%)
29 Philippines PLDT Inc. 63.94[34]
(March 2019)
30 United States Sprint Corporation 53.6[35]
(March 2018)
SoftBank Group (80%)
31 Kuwait Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C.P. (Zain Group) 49.0[36](December 2018) Public stock (48.45%)
Kuwait Investment Authority (24.6%)
Oman Telecommunications (21.9%)
Nohoudh Development Trading & Contracting co. (5.05%)

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)[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[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Vodafone Australia does not offer GSM, GPRS and EDGE.
  2. ^ After subtracting 334.1 million subscribers of Vodafone Idea Limited as per Vodafone Idea Ltd. march 2019 Q4 report shows telecom subscription data since Vodafone India has merged with Idea Cellular Limited to form Vodafone Idea Limited.

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