This is a list of the largest telecom companies (operators) in world.

Largest Telecom Operators in World

  1. AT&T - the former SBC merged with AT&T creating the new AT&T (USA)
  2. China Mobile - formerly China state-owned, now still state-controlled, one of two mobile phone monopolies in the entire China.
  3. Vodafone - Britain's largest telecom operator.
  4. Verizon Communications - US-based telecom company formed after a series of mergers.
  5. Telefonica - Multinational company with stakes in Spain, Latin America and Europe. Owns the O2 brand.
  6. Deutsche Telekom - German telecom company, also owns t-mobile.
  7. America Movil - Mexican operator controlled by the world's richest man - Carlos Slim.
  8. NTT DoCoMo - One of Japan's telecom operators.
  9. France Telecom - One of France's telecom companies.
  10. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone - Japan's second largest telecom operator.

World's Largest Telecom Companies

We have revised the above list and came up with another list of 15 top telecom companies in world according to the number of subscribers as of February, 2010.

RankCompany NameSubscribers
1China Mobile522 Million
2Vodafone Group333 Million
3Telefonica202 Million
4AmericaMovil201 Million
5Telenor Group172 Million
6Deutsche Telecom151 Million
7China Unicom148 Million
8TeliaSonera148 Million
9France Telecom133 Million
10Bharti Airtel125 Million
11MTN Group116 Million
12Mobile Telesystems102 Million
13Reliance Communications100 Million
14Orascom Telecom93 Million
15AT&T85 Million

Update: The 10.3 billion dollar deal between Bharti Airtel (the largest telecom service provider in India) & Zain makes it to the top 5 in the world. Before this deal, Bharti was at 10th place among the top telecom companies (operators) in the world.

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