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Top 20 Mobile Operators in World –Bharti 5th in subscribers, but 17th on revenue!

India has 2nd largest subscriber base after China in the world, yet only one Indian telecom company – Bharti Airtel -  figures in the Top 20 Mobile Operators in the world based on revenues.

Top Mobile Operators in world based on Revenue

The number revealed by Wireless Intelligence places China Mobile as the world’s leading Mobile Operator with 584 Million subscriber base and close to 20 billion in revenue. Vodafone Group which operates in many countries in Europe & Asia came in second with revenues of over 15.2 billion and followed by Verizon (14.2 bln) AT&T (13.8 bln) & Telefonica with 12.2 bln revenue.

India’s Bharti Airtel came in at 17th with a revenue of 2.9 Billion.

Rank
Mobile Operator Revenue (USD Bln) YoY Rev Growth % Subscriber Base Rev per Subscriber
1 China Mobile 19.9 6 584 34.1
2 Vodafone Group 15.2 1.6 353 43.1
3 Verizon Wireless 14.2 4.8 102.2 138.9
4 AT&T Group 13.8 9.6 95.5 144.5
5 Telefónica Group 3 12.2 29.5 220.2 55.4
6 NTT DOCOMO Group 11.5 -1.6 57.2 201.0
7 Deutsche Telekom Group 9.3 -6.9 133.2 69.8
8 France Telecom Group 8.1 5.2 110.2 73.5
9 América Móvil Group 3, 4 7.2 - 225 32.0
10 Sprint (Sprint Nextel) 6.5 3 49.9 130.3
11 au (KDDI) 5.7 -6.4 32.5 175.4
12 Telecom Italia Group 4.9 2 82 59.8
13 SoftBank Mobile 4 14 24.4 163.9
14 MTN Group 3.9 5.9 111.1 35.1
15 Vivendi Group 3.4 -1.7 38.6 88.1
16 China Unicom 3.3 21.5 167.4 19.7
17 Bharti Airtel Group 2.9 63.6 199.6 14.5
18 SK Telecom 2.8 3.6 25.7 108.9
19 STC Group 2.6 -0.8 31.1 83.6
20 Telenor Group 2.5 11.1 108.8
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Top Mobile Operators in world based on Subscribers

China Mobile has a whooping subscriber base of 584 Million, which is over 65% of entire subscriber base of China pegged at 900 million according to most recent number, Vodafone group boasts a total subscriber base of 353 Million out of which close to half is based in India alone. America Movil group comes in at 3rd with 225 million, followed Telefonica Group at 220.2 million mobile subscribers.

India’s Bharti Airtel comes in at 5th having just shy of 200 million subscribers.

Top Mobile Operators based on ARPU

We charted following graph on ARPUs based on the numbers released by Wireless Intelligence and it shows stark difference amongst the top 20 Mobile Operators in the world !

Mobile operator Revenue per subscriber

Bharti Airtel earns USD 14.5 per subscriber in an year, equivalent to about Rs. 650 in an year. This is by far the lowest revenue earned by any of the top Mobile operators in the world. China Mobile earns over Rs. 1530 on its 584 Million Subscriber base.

One the other hand, NTT DOCOMO which is primarily based in Japan, earns over 9000 rupees per subscriber and ranks 6th largest in terms of revenue on its relatively miniscule 57 million subscriber base. This is about 14 times more than Bharti Airtel !

7 out of top 20 mobile operators earn over Rs. 4500 (USD 100) per subscriber. The average per subscriber earning amongst top 20 mobile providers is Rs. 3813!

About Arun Prabhudesai

Arun Prabhudesai is founder / chief editor at trak.in. He jumped the Entrepreneurship bandwagon in early 2008 after a long 13 year stint in I.T Industry. You can follow him on twitter @trakin and Facebook. Arun’s Google+ Profile

6 comments

  1. Just tried http://www.alldb.in/mobile/. This one is cool to trace missed callers :)

  2. we hope bharti airtel will get d number 1………………

  3. interesting. is it viable business in this low operation margin? i dont know why corporates pouring millions of cash in this business -even by bribing?????

  4. yup its working.

  5. Arun Prabhudesai

    Just testing whether this Facebook commenting works properly on posts.

  6. Quite an informative article.. pal… Thanks….

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