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Top 10 Telecom Companies in the World 2010

This is a list of Top Telecom Companies in the World

  1. China Mobileprovides mobile voice and multimedia services through its nationwide mobile telecommunications network, the largest of its kind in the world. It is also the most valuable mobile telecommunications company in the world. While a state-owned enterprise, it is listed on both the NYSE and the Hong Kong stock exchange. In addition to the world’s largest mobile network, China Mobile has also the greatest number of mobile subscribers. As of 2009, it is the world’s largest mobile phone operator, with over 508 million customers, the largest Chinese company listed overseas and the largest telecom in Asia.
  2. Vodafone - is a British multinational mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, England. Vodafone is the world’s largest mobile telecommunication network company, based on revenue, and has a market value of about £71.2 billion (November 2009). It currently has operations in 31 countries and partner networks in a further 40 countries. Based on subscribers, it is the world’s second largest mobile phone operator behind China Mobile and over Telefónica, with over 427 million subscribers in 31 markets across 5 continents as of 2009. In the UK, its home ground, Vodafone has badly underperformed in the last few years due to brisk change in administration. It has slipped from first to third largest telecom operator generating a revenue of £4.9 billion from its 18.7 million customers in 2008-09. As of March 31, 2009, the company employs more than 79,000 people worldwide.
  3. America Movilis a holding company forming the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers, one of the largest corporations in Latin America, and the world. America Movil is a Fortune 500 company. A venture of Carlos Slim Helú, América Móvil provides services to over 201 million wireless subscribers in the Americas, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company’s world headquarters are located in Mexico City, Mexico. Its Mexican subsidiary Telcel is the largest mobile operator in Mexico, commanding a market share in excess of 70 percent.
  4. Telefonica - is a Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider in Europe and Latin America. Operating globally, it is the third largest provider in the world, behind China Mobile and Vodafone. Created in 1924, as Compañía Telefónica Nacional de España (CTNE), until the liberalisation of the telecom market in 1997, Telefónica was the only telephone operator in Spain and still holds a dominant position (over 75% in 2004). Since 1997, the Spanish government has privatised its interest in the company. On 5 July 2007, the European Commission ordered Telefónica to pay a record antitrust fine of almost €152 million for activities in the Spanish broadband market which, according to European Union competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, “harmed Spanish consumers, Spanish businesses and the Spanish economy as a whole, and by extension Europe’s economy”.
  5. Orangeis the brand used by France Télécom for its mobile network operator and Internet service provider subsidiaries. It is the fifth largest telecom operator in the world, with over 189 million customers as of 2009. The brand was created in 1994 for Hutchison Telecom’s UK mobile phone network, which was acquired by France Télécom in August 2000. In 2006, the company’s ISP operations, previously Wanadoo, were also rebranded Orange. Orange is now the unique commercial façade of almost all France Telecom services. Orange France was incorporated in 2005 and has its headquarters in Arcueil, France.
  6. Telenoris the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway, with headquarters located at Fornebu, close to Oslo. Today, Telenor Group is mostly an international wireless carrier with operations in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia, working predominantly under the Telenor brand. It is currently ranked as the sixth largest mobile phone operator in the world, with more than 172 million subscribers. In addition, it has extensive broadband and TV distribution operations in four Nordic Countries.
  7. Bharti Airtelis the largest cellular service provider in India, with more than 135 million subscribtions as of May 2010. With this, Bharti is now the world’s third-largest, single-country mobile operator and sixth-largest integrated telecom operator. It also offers fixed line services and broadband services. It offers its TELECOM services under the Airtel brand and is headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal. The company also provides telephone services and broadband Internet access (DSL) in top 95 cities in India. It also acts as a carrier for national and international long distance communication services. The company has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore.
  8. T-Mobileis a German mobile telephone provider, owned by Deutsche Telekom (the T stands for Telekom). It operates several GSM networks in Europe and the United States. T-Mobile also has financial stakes in mobile operators in Central and Eastern Europe. Globally, T-Mobile has some 150 million subscribers, making it the world’s seventh largest mobile phone service provider by subscribers and the third largest multinational after the United Kingdom’s Vodafone and Spain’s Telefónica. T-Mobile UK has recently become part of a joint venture with France Telecom’s mobile network provider, Orange U.K.; together they will make the UK’s largest mobile operator.
  9. China Unicom - is a telecommunications operator in the People’s Republic of China. China Unicom (BVI) Limited effectively holds 40.92% of the company and China Netcom Group (BVI) Limited holds 29.49%, while the remainder is traded on the Shanghai, Hong Kong and the New York stock exchanges. Both majority shareholders are state controlled enterprises. China Unicom was founded as a Government-owned corporation, established on July 19, 1994, by the Ministry of Information Industry and approved by the State Council.
  10. Orascom TelecomOrascom Telecom is a leading international telecommunications company operating GSM networks in high growth markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, having a total population under license of approximately 510 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 49% as of December 31st, 2009. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria (“OTA”), Pakistan (“Mobilink”), Egypt (“Mobinil”), Tunisia (“Tunisiana”), Bangladesh (“banglalink”), North Korea (“koryolink”) and Canada (“Wind Mobile”) through its indirect equity shareholding in Globalive Wireless. In addition it has an indirect equity ownership in Telecom Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) and through its subsidiary Telecel Globe, OTH also operates in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Namibia. Orascom Telecom had almost 93 million subscribers as of December 31st, 2009.


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