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Web Exclusive | Top 10 global mobile telecom firms

Web Exclusive | Top 10 global mobile telecom firms
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First Published: Fri, Mar 26 2010. 05 33 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Mar 26 2010. 05 33 PM IST
China Mobile
China Mobile Limited provides mobile voice and multimedia services through its nationwide mobile telecommunications network, the largest of its kind 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.
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Vodafone Group
Vodafone Group plc 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, with over 427 million subscribers in 31 markets across 5 continents as of 2009.
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Telefónica, S.A.
Telefónica, S.A., is a Spanish telecommunication company. Operating globally, it is one of the largest fixed-line and mobile telecommunications companies in the world: third largest in terms of number of customers (with the acquisition of O2 plc., Movistar and Manx Telecom) only behind China Mobile and Vodafone, and in the top five in market value. They were behind China Mobile, AT&T, and Vodafone in November 2007.
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América Móvil
América Móvil is a holding company forming the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers, one of the largest corporations in Spanish 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 Spanish America and the Caribbean.
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Telenor Group
Telenor Group is the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway, with headquarters located at Fornebu, close to Oslo. Today, Telenor is mostly an international wireless carrier with operations in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia. 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.
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Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom AG is a telecommunications company headquartered in Bonn, Germany. It is the largest telecommunications company in Europe.
Deutsche Telekom was formed in 1996 as the former state-owned monopoly Deutsche Bundespost was privatized. As of June 2008, the German government still holds a 15% stake in company stock directly, and another 17% through the government bank KfW.
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China Unicom
China Unicom or China United Netcom (Hong Kong) Ltd 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.
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TeliaSonera AB
TeliaSonera AB is the dominant telephone company and mobile network operator in Sweden and Finland. The company just launched fiber broadband in Denmark, and is also active in other countries in Northern, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Spain, with a total of 106 million mobile customers (2007). It is headquartered in Stockholm and its stocks are traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
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France Télécom S.A.
France Télécom S.A. is the main telecommunications company in France, the third-largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It currently employs about 180,000 people (half outside of France) and has 192.7 million customers worldwide (2010). In 2008 the group had revenue of €53.5 billion. Its headquarters are in Place d’Alleray in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, and the current CEO is Stéphane Richard.
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Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel formerly known as Bharti Tele-Ventures LTD (BTVL) is the largest cellular service provider in India, with more than 124 million subscribers as of February 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.
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First Published: Fri, Mar 26 2010. 05 33 PM IST