This is the digital age ladies and gentleman and with this age we saw the advent of mobile technology. Of course the production of mobiles and all those different smart phones is one thing but what actually make them work are the telecommunication companies all over the world. This particular list discusses the top ten mobile operators and they have been ranked according to the number of subscribers each has. Let it be known that this is a global list and not limited to any one specific country. What operators do you use? Let us know in the comments and enjoy the read.
10. AXIATA GROUP BERHAD
Over 200 million subscribers.
Axiata group happens to be one of the leading telecommunication companies in all of Asia. The group was founded on the 12th June of 1992 and is currently headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are primarily into investment holding and telecommunication services. They were originally known as TM International Bhd but that was later changed along with the tagline. They have interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia. They also happen to operate in India, Singapore and Iran.
9. VIMPELCOM LTD.
209 million subscribers.
They are a global provider of telecommunication services. Most of their revenues come from Russia and Italy. VimpelCom Ltd. is based in Amsterdam. They operate many different brands including Beeline, Kyivstar, Wind, Djezzy, Mobilink, Banglalink and many others. They operate in over 20 different countries. VimpelCom was founded in the year 1992 in Moscow, Russia by Dmitry Zimin. It also happens to be one of the first mobile carriers in Russia and in the year 1996 this company became the first to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
8. CHINA UNICOM
212.75 million subscribers.
China United Netcom (Hong Kong) Ltd. is a state-owned telecommunications operator in China. The company was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Beijing, China. They primarily serve the Mainland China. They started of with wireless paging and GSM Mobile Operator. In the year 2009, this particular company was provided with the WCDMA license so they could expand their business to 3G telecommunication. They have joint investment ties with Telefonica (discussed below).
226.3 million subscribers.
This happens to be a French telecommunications company and their flagship brand is the France Telecom that provides services for mobile, landline and internet. They are one of the world’s leading service providers in this industry. The brand was started in United Kingdom originally but later it was acquired by France Telecom in 2000. The company was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Paris, France. They offer services for mobile, internet, landline and IP telephony and TV. Orange was originally founded in the year 1990 in United Kingdom.
231.87 million subscribers.
This is a Spanish brand for telecommunications and broadband. They provide services all over Europe, the United States and Latin America. The company was founded on the 19th April of 1924 and is currently headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Cesar Alierta is the Chairman and CEO of the said company and they provide services for fixed line and mobile telephony, internet and digital television. They support the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV. I am sure you are familiar with the concept.