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Top 10 Largest Telecom Operators in World

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.

Rank Company Name Subscribers
1 China Mobile 522 Million
2 Vodafone Group 333 Million
3 Telefonica 202 Million
4 AmericaMovil 201 Million
5 Telenor Group 172 Million
6 Deutsche Telecom 151 Million
7 China Unicom 148 Million
8 TeliaSonera 148 Million
9 France Telecom 133 Million
10 Bharti Airtel 125 Million
11 MTN Group 116 Million
12 Mobile Telesystems 102 Million
13 Reliance Communications 100 Million
14 Orascom Telecom 93 Million
15 AT&T 85 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.

If you feel that there is a correction required in this list of largest telecom companies (operators) then you are most welcome to share your thoughts in the form of comments below.


  1. Can someone please tell me is this the current list for the top 10 telecom companies in the world?

  2. Bharti Airtel is worlds 7th largest telephone operator by subscriber base from 25/3/2010.

  3. What is the basis for ranking these mobile phone companies?

  4. Reliance infocom is also the richest telecom company.

  5. Why the list dont have any name from India telecom sector? We have far better customer base then those mentioned in the list.

  6. Which are your literary sources? Where did you get that information?

  7. You should have added the CEO names of these telecom companies.

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