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 Country 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)
List
974.04[1]
(September 2022)
Government of the People's Republic of China (74.25%)
Public stock (25.75%)
2 India Bharti Airtel Limited
List
496.91[2]
(June 2022)
Bharti Enterprises (66.57%)
Singtel (32.15%)
Google (1.28%)
3 India Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
List
436.31
(May 2023)
Jio Platforms
4 China China Telecom Corp., Ltd
List
  • China China
  •  Macau
390.48[3]
(OCtober 2022)
China Telecommunications Corporation (State Owned) (70.89%)
5 China China Unicom Limited
List
  • China China Unicom
  • Hong Kong CUniq HK
  • United States CUniq US
  • United Kingdom CUniq UK
320.00[4]
(June 2022)
China Unicom Limited (40.92%)
China Netcom Group (29.49%)
Telefónica (0.6%)
6 Mexico América Móvil, S.A.B. de C.V
List
  • Argentina Argentina (Claro)
  • Austria Austria (Telekom Austria)
  • Belarus Belarus (A1)
  • Brazil Brazil (Claro)
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria (A1)
  • Chile Chile (Claro)
  • Colombia Colombia (Claro)
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica (Claro)
  • Croatia Croatia (A1)
  • Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (Claro)
  • Ecuador Ecuador (Claro)
  • El Salvador El Salvador (Claro)
  • Guatemala Guatemala (Claro)
  • Honduras Honduras (Claro)
  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein (A1)
  • Mexico Mexico (Telcel)
  • Nicaragua Nicaragua (Claro)
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia (A1)
  • Panama Panama (Claro)
  • Paraguay Paraguay (Claro)
  • Peru Peru (Claro)
  • Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (Claro)
  • Serbia Serbia (A1)
  • Slovenia Slovenia (A1 Slovenija)
  • Uruguay Uruguay (Claro)
307.85[5]
(September 2022)
Helu Slim (36.50%)
Carlos Slim (6.84%)
Public stock (56.66%)
7 South Africa MTN Group Limited
List
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Benin Benin
  • Botswana Botswana
  • Cameroon Cameroon
  • Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
  • Eswatini Eswatini (30%)
  • Ghana Ghana
  • Guinea Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran Iran (49%)
  • Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
  • Liberia Liberia
  • Nigeria Nigeria
  • Rwanda Rwanda
  • South Africa South Africa
  • South Sudan South Sudan
  • Sudan Sudan
  • Syria Syria
  • Uganda Uganda
  • Yemen Yemen
  • Zambia Zambia
List
289.11[6]
(December 2022)
Public stock (60.02%)
Government Employees Pension Fund (25.33%)
M1 (10.05%)
8 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)
277.52[7]
(May 2023)
9 United Kingdom Vodafone Group plc
List
274.975[8]
(May 2023)
10 France Orange S.A.
List
241.9[10]
( December 2022)
Public stock (77%)
Government of France (23%)
11 India Vodafone Idea Ltd
List
230.94
(May 2023)
Government of India (32.09%)
Vodafone Group Plc (31.27%)
Aditya Birla Group (17.49%)
Private equity (15.97%)
American Tower Corporation (3.18%)
12 USA AT&T Inc.
List
217.4[11]
(January 2023)
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%)[12]
13 Germany Deutsche Telekom AG
List
212.04[13]
(September 2022)
Free float (68.1%)
Federal Republic of Germany (31.9%)
14 Indonesia PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
List
  • Indonesia Indonesia (Telkomsel Halo, Telkomsel PraBayar, by.U)
    East Timor East Timor (Telkomcel)
176[14]
(2021)
Telkom Indonesia (65%)
Singtel (35%)
15 Norway Telenor ASA
List
172[15]
(2021)
Government of Norway (53.97%)
Public stock (41.74%)
The Government Pension Fund of Norway (4.79%)
16 Malaysia Axiata Group Berhad
List
163[16][17]
(2021)
Public stock (54.91%)
Government of Malaysia (45.09%)
17 UAE Emirates Telecommunication
Group Company PJSC
(Etisalat)
List
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Benin Benin
  • Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic Central African Republic
  • Chad Chad
  • Egypt Egypt
  • Gabon Gabon
  • Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
  • Mali Mali
  • Mauritania Mauritania
  • Morocco Morocco
  • Niger Niger
  • Pakistan Pakistan (26%)
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (27%)
  • Togo Togo
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
159[18]
(2021)
Emirates Investment Authority (60.03%)
Public stock (39.97%)
18 Netherlands VEON Ltd.
List
  • Bangladesh Bangladesh (Banglalink)
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan (Beeline)
  • Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan (Beeline)
  • Pakistan Pakistan (Jazz)
  • Ukraine Ukraine (Kyivstar)
  • Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (Beeline)
157
(2022)
Letterone Investment Holdings S.A. (47.9%)
Public stock (43.8%)
Stichting Administratiekantoor Mobile Telecommunications Investor (8.3%)
19 USA Verizon Communications 143.3[19]
(January 2023)
Verizon Communications
20 South Africa Vodacom
List
List
132.78[20] (September 2022) Vodafone Group Plc (65.1%)
Institutional Investors (15.76%)
Government of South Africa (13.54%)
YeboYethu (6.23%)
Retail positions (2.96%)
Wheatfield Investments(0.84%)
Others(0.17%)
21 Qatar Ooredoo QSC
List
121[21]
(2021)
Government of Qatar
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[22]
(December 2018)
Government of Vietnam
23 India BSNL Mobile 106.03[26]
(March 2023)[Note 2][23]
Government of India
24 HKG CK Hutchison Holdings – Telecom Division
List
100.29[27](2021) CK Hutchison Holdings
25 Iran MTN Irancell
List
  • Iran Iran
List
92.46[28]
(April 2020)
TCI (94.09%)
Sukuk (5.91%)
26 Russia Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)
List
  • Russia Russia (MTS)
  • Armenia Armenia (VivaCell-MTS)
  • Belarus Belarus (MTS)
83.85[29]
(Q3 2021)
Sistema (50.8%)
27 Japan NTT Docomo Inc.
List
  • Japan Japan
82.63[30]
(May 2021)
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
28 Philippines Globe Telecom Inc.
List
  • Philippines Philippines (Globe, TM, GOMO)
53.73[31]
(Aug 2023)
Asiacom (50.81%)
Singtel (20.08%)

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

29 Philippines PLDT Inc.
List
52.5[32]
(Aug 2023)
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%)

30 Russia MegaFon
List
  • Russia Russia
  • Tajikistan Tajikistan
70.5[33]
(Q1 2021)
AF Telecom Holding LLC (56.32%)
USM Telecom LLC (43.68%)

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 Iridium Proprietary TDMA 0.824 (June 2016)[34]
2 Globalstar Proprietary CDMA 0.638 (March 2015)[35]
3 Thuraya Proprietary FDMA/GSM 0.260 (December 2007)[36] Etisalat (28%)
4 Inmarsat Proprietary GSM 0.254 (September 2009)[37]
5 ACeS Dual-mode Satellite/GSM 0.020 (December 2007)

By region

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ BSNL and MTNL merger approved by Government of India.
  2. ^ After adding subscribers of MTNL to BSNL, because MTNL will merge with BSNL.

References

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