When mobile phones were introduced many companies emerged for providing the communication services. They set up towers and satellites in various areas to help people talk on their network, these companies were scarce initially and their start was very slow.
But with time and careful planning, they emerged as one of the most valuable companies in the world. Today the following companies have subscribers in millions and their customers are more than many companies. So, checkout the top 10 largest mobile networks in the world by subscribers in 2018.
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Telenor is a multinational company with specialisation in telecommunications. Its headquarters is in Fornebu, Norway and the company was founded in 1855. The Norwegian company is among the biggest mobile telecommunication companies. It serves in many parts of the world including Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Moreover, they own many networks in 13 countries and with the inclusion of their 14.6% ownership over Veon they have operations in a total of 29 countries. It’s CEO and President is Sigve Brekke and it has 172 million subscribers.
Veon which was initially called VimpelCom was established in 2009. Its name was changed to Veon in 2017 and it was founded by Dmitry Zimin and Augie k. Fabella II. The company has headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Veon is the owner of various brands across the world such as Beeline in Russia, Wind Tre in Italy and Greece, Kyivstar in Ukraine, Djezzy in Algeria, Mobilink in Pakistan and Banglalink in Bangladesh; Though most of the company’s revenues come from Russia and Italy. Veon has more then 238.4 million subscribers.
Jio or Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is a mobile network operator in India. It is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries and was incorporated 7 years ago in 2010. The company was founded by Mukesh Ambani and has headquarters in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Indian company only supports 4G service and is the sole VoLTE-only network operator in India which doesn’t have the tradition of support for 2G and 3G networks. Its Managing Director is Sanjay Mashruwala and Jio services were first launched on the 83rd birth anniversary of Reliance Industries’ late founder Dhirubhai Ambani. The company has 255 million subscribers.
7. China Unicom
China United Network Communications Group Co Ltd. is a state-owned enterprise. Its focus is on telecommunication industry and was founded more than 2 decades ago on June 18, 1994. Its headquarters is located in Beijing, China. It was founded by Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Electronic Industry, Ministry of Electric Power Industry and serves Mainland China as China Unicom and rest of the world as MVNO. Its subscription base is 270 million.
Telefonica is a multinational company with its enterprises in Europe, Central America, South America, North America and Asia. The Spanish broadband and telecom provider has headquarters in Madrid, Spain. It was founded on 19 April 1924. It is among the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the whole world. It’s CEO and Chairman is Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete Lopez. The subscription base of the company is 273.9 million.
5. America Movil
America Movil is a telecommunication company founded by Carlos Slim Helu who is also the current Chairman of the company. It was founded 17 years ago in 2000 at Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico. It serves in the Americas and Europe but has products in various digital markets such as Fixed-line, mobile phone, Broadband, Digital Television, IPTV, Internet of things. It has been ranked as the 4th biggest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers and is also one of the largest companies in the world. Its subscribers are 280 million.
4. Idea Cellular
Idea Cellular or Idea is a telecommunication company in which was founded more 2 decades ago in 1995. The Indian company has headquarters in the city of Mumbai. It is a pan-India unified GSM operator. Its services include 2G, 3G and 4G network services. It merged with Vodafone to become largest mobile operator in India along with Vodafone. It is a subsidiary of Aditya Birla Group and has a subscriber base of 301 billion.
3. Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel is a multinational company with its focus on telecommunication services. The company was formed 22 years ago on July 7th of the year 1995. Its headquarters is in Bharti Crescent, 1, Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi, India and was founded by Sunil Bharti Mittal. The Indian company provides services in GSM, 3G, and 4G LTE networks as well as broadband and even voice services in some countries. Bharti Airtel serves in India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Bangladesh. It was titled as the 2nd most valuable brand in Brandz ranking done by Millward Brown and WPP Plc.
Vodafone is a multinational telecommunication company based in London with its registered office being Newbury, Berkshire. The British company serves in various areas of the world but has the largest number of subscribers in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe. It was ranked as the fifth biggest company in mobile operators according to revenue and has the 2nd most number of connections. It was founded in 1991 and has products in fixed-line telephone, internet television, mobile phone, and broadband. It operates in more than 25 countries and has partnered with 50 additional ones. Its subscriber base is more than any other company in the world except China Mobile; it has 516 million customers around the world.
1. China Mobile
China Mobile which was previously China Telecom is a state-owned mobile communication company. It provides various services such as mobile voice and multimedia. Even though it is has the largest number of subscribers it only serves in Mainland China and Hong Kong regions. It is the biggest mobile telecommunications company according to market capitalisation. It was founded 20 years ago in 1997 in the month of September. Its headquarters is located at No 29, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Its subscribers are 873.7 million.
These telecommunication companies are the world’s biggest companies according to subscribers that are using its services. They are medium through people connect with each other through either the internet or through mobile calling.