Bharti Airtel has moved up one position and is now the 4th largest mobile network in the World. According to the wireless intelligence report for second quarter of 2012, Bharti Airtel has edged past Telefonica group crossing a total of 250 million mobile connections worldwide.
The Top 20 Mobile Networks in the World
Reliance, Idea and BSNL are the other Operators who feature in the list at 8th, 14th and 20th position respectively. Vodafone and Sistema are other 2 global operators who have their presence in India and have been featured in the Top 20 Mobile Network Operator list.
However, what is interesting to note is the revenue that Indian groups boast of, they are embarrassingly low. Given that Indian mobile rates are cheapest in the world and we also have one of the lowest ARPU (Average Revenue per user), the revenue generated by Indian groups does not even keep them in Top 20. For example, 5th placed Telefonica Group’s revenue is 11.4 Billion close to three times that of 4th placed Bharti Airtel whose revenue is around 3 billion US dollars.
Top 20 Operators by Growth / Revenue
|Rank||Telecom Operator||Connections (in millions)||YoY Growth||Revenue
|3||America Movil Group||251.83||7%||7.98|
One interesting thing to note if you compare Indian operators as well… Sample this… Reliance has close to 155 million subscribers as compared to Idea’s 117 million. However, Reliance’s revenue is less than half that of Idea. So, Idea easily has close to 3 times the ARPU that of Reliance!
What’s your take on this?