Bharti Airtel Becomes the Fourth Largest Mobile Operator in the World

Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa moved up one notch in the world wide ranking to be the fourth largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscribers.

According to Wireless Intelligence ‘Scoreboard’ China Mobile is continue the top spot with 683.08 million connections, followed by Vodafone Group with 386.88 million).

Besides Airtel and Vodafone, Indian telecom operators in the report Reliance Communications (RCOM), Idea Cellular and BSNL at 8th, 14th and 20th position, respectively.

Foreign telecom firms Telenor and Sistema who also having mobile services in India with a subsidiary companies MTS India and Uninor were at the 9th and 15th position, respectively.

India’s Bharti Airtel had become the fifth largest mobile operator in the world following its acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations across 15 African nations in June 2010.

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • Junias I March 18, 2013 8:24 pm, 8:24 PM

    please send me infor and details about you, network. please i want to talk with your manager about you network. i want to partner with you so we can get Airtel in my country. please i’m looking forward to hear from you soon. you can call me on +264813302510 in Africa.

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  • prashant November 21, 2012 5:11 pm, 5:11 PM

    Please consider Active users only

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  • Ajay October 23, 2012 11:23 am, 11:23 AM

    Airtel has very bad services. No care for customer . 0 from my side

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  • Arun October 23, 2012 11:10 am, 11:10 AM

    I used almost all operators sim cards…
    AIRTEL is little bit costly…but i am always looking upon quality of services…bsnl is worst in that terms…if quality is lost everything is lost…i am always giving money for quality of services…then i choose Airtel as my main sim..
    And its my favourite network..
    CONGRATULATIONS AIRTEL…

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  • Jagannath October 23, 2012 8:39 am, 8:39 AM

    Bharti airtel is best for network coverage, better than so called BSNL; better than any plan from so called BSNL and some time cheap than VODAFONE and R.Com. And the main reason airtel became the top provider in India without any dacoating. In rural areas airtel supplies the best network coverage than anything else. The nativers trust airtel so much. All providers in India diducted main balance without any cause for vas or other properties. But it also a duty for a customer to make concern about what is going on and stop it. Even BSNL sometimes diduct money without any cause or activasion. So friends it’s ur own duty to be free himself. aitel is the best and will be the best for all time in India

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  • Abhijith October 23, 2012 7:51 am, 7:51 AM

    Congrats airtel . .

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  • Sayantan October 23, 2012 1:17 am, 1:17 AM

    I don’t have Airtel.but Airtel is really good..i used it.congratulations.
    and to those who hate Airtel-anything good is costly.

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  • Vikas October 22, 2012 10:11 pm, 10:11 PM

    @Sudhakar
    Sounds like an ignorant and blind hatter.

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  • ved October 22, 2012 7:10 pm, 7:10 PM

    Airtel the best operator ……..keep going Airtel

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  • Ashtuosh October 22, 2012 6:02 pm, 6:02 PM

    Airtel the worst company i ever experienced..They loot the customer in every field whether its automatic service activation, automatic balance deduction or whether in terms of call rates.Airtel is the company i will never suggest to any customer who has specific budget for mobile solutions.Go for BSNL the best and most reliable service provider in the country. i am using BSNL from last 8 years and didnt experienced any such problems that i faced in Airtel in just 2 months of use.

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  • Mayur October 22, 2012 5:05 pm, 5:05 PM

    Airtel has express its important in the world and we should salute them…

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  • PD October 22, 2012 4:51 pm, 4:51 PM

    There is nothing INDIAN in Airtel except its ownership ! Applicable to Reliance too ! In fact “foreign” handed ones takes care and gives more to the countrymen !

    Regarding the news – Gleefully accepts the accolade (honor)- for subscribers – What is so special to celebrate …? Just grin and bear it ! However, enough reason for the airtel staff and Mittalji to boast for !

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  • ENAUD October 22, 2012 3:26 pm, 3:26 PM

    @Sudhakar

    @ SUDHAKAR – why are YOU so NEGATIVE / against Airtel ???

    >> But is the 1st LARGEST WORST OPERATOR IN INDIA !!!!. LOL LOL.

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  • sunil kushwaha October 22, 2012 3:23 pm, 3:23 PM

    @rohit
    INDIAN Company ??????

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  • rohit October 22, 2012 2:37 pm, 2:37 PM

    good going ….. first indian company in top 5.

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  • rohit October 22, 2012 2:36 pm, 2:36 PM

    good going ….. fisrt indian company in top 5,

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  • Ganesh Srinivasan October 22, 2012 2:10 pm, 2:10 PM

    Kudos to my favorite operator Airtel – the dependable operator with no call drops and steady (and good) data speeds

    May not be the cheapest, may be ruthless but dependable operator

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  • TELETALK October 22, 2012 12:09 pm, 12:09 PM

    airtels performance in Gujarat is not good its 1800Mhz frequency is main problem for this(low network connectivity) and 2nd is poor customer service 3rd is wrong amount deducting (Automatically activate value added services )(1st number in Gujarat) i am a retailer of prepaid Sim of all company’s since 9 years ) i say from my own experience

    so if you did not know Airtel very well…. pahchaan lo airtel ko

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  • Asit Paul October 22, 2012 11:54 am, 11:54 AM

    Airtel- no1 chor operator.

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  • Gourav October 22, 2012 11:26 am, 11:26 AM

    too costly operator

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  • Srikapardhi October 22, 2012 11:05 am, 11:05 AM

    China – SO as population So as Mobile Subscribers ;) Chiyam Meowm…

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  • Sudhakar October 22, 2012 11:04 am, 11:04 AM

    But is the 1st LARGEST WORST OPERATOR IN INDIA !!!!. LOL LOL.

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