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Biggest telecom companies in the world

Last updated on: May 4, 2012 08:43 IST

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Telecommunication is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, especially in the developing countries.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest telecom companies in the world.

NOTE: Courtesy, Wikipedia

China Mobile

Main market: China

Total subscribers (2011): 649.56 million

Global rank: 1

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Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Vodafone

Main market: United Kingdom

Total subscribers (2011): 439.601 million

Global rank: 2

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Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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Telenor

Main market: Norway

Total subscribers (2011): 326 million

Global rank: 3

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Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters
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Airtel

Main market: India

Total subscribers (2011): 243.336 million

Global rank: 4

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Image: Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal walks during the launch ceremony for 4G services in Kolkata. A file photo
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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America Movil

Main market: Mexico

Total subscribers (2011): 236 million

Global rank: 5

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Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

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Telefonica

Main market: Spain

Total subscribers (2011): 231.87 million

Global rank: 6

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
Tags: , Telefonica , Main

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Orange

Main market: France

Total subscribers (2011): 217.3 million

Global rank: 7

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Photographs: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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VimpelCom

Main market: Russia

Total subscribers (2011): 199 million

Global rank: 8

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Image: A view of Russia's second-largest mobile phone firm Vimpelcom's main office in Moscow.
Photographs: Viktor Korotayev/Reuters
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SingTel

Main market: Singapore

Total subscribers (2011): 146 million

Global rank: 9

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Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
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Axiata Group Berhad

Main market: Malaysia

Total subscribers (2011): 159.7 million

Global rank: 10

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Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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China Unicom

Main market: China

Total subscribers (2011): 169.7 million

Global rank: 11

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters
Tags: China

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TeliaSonera

Main market: Sweden

Total subscribers (2011): 160 million

Global rank: 12

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Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Saudi Telecom Company

Main market: Saudi Arabia

Total subscribers (2010): 139 million

Global rank: 13

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Photographs: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters
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MTN Group

Main market: South Africa

Total subscribers (2010): 137.47 million

Global rank: 14

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Photographs: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Tags: MTN Group , Main

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Etisalat

Main market: United Arab Emirates

Total subscribers (2010): 135 million

Global rank: 15

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Image: A view of an Etisalat building in Dubai.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Reliance Communications

Main market: India

Total subscribers (2011): 144.78 million

Global rank: 16

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Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters

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T-Mobile

Main market: Germany

Total subscribers (2011): 328.00 million

Global rank: 17

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Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
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Tele2

Main market: Sweden

Total subscribers (2012): 34.76 million

Global rank: 18

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Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters
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Verizon Wireless

Main market: United States

Total subscribers: Not available

Global rank: 19

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Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

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MTS

Main market: Russia

Total subscribers (2011): 106.07 million

Global rank: 20

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Image: A man speaks on a mobile phone near an office of Russia's mobile phone operator MTS in Moscow.
Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
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AT&T Mobility

Main market: United States

Total subscribers (2011): 100.7 million

Global rank: 21

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Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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China Telecom

Main market: China

Total subscribers (2011): 94.1 million

Global rank: 22

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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Telkomsel

Main market: Indonesia

Total subscribers (2011): 100 million

Global rank: 23

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Photographs: Crack Palinggi/Reuters
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Idea Cellular

Main market: India

Total subscribers (2011): 96.11 million

Global rank: 24

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Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters
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BSNL

Main market: India

Total subscribers (2011): 95.14 million

Global rank: 25

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Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
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Tata Teleservices

Main market: India

Total subscribers (2011): 88.31 million

Global rank: 26

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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Telecom Italia

Main market: Italy

Total subscribers (2011): 71.50 million

Global rank: 27

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Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Maxis Communications

Main market: Malaysia

Total subscribers (2011): 63.71 million

Global rank: 28

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Photographs: Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters
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Turkcell

Main market: Turkey

Total subscribers (2011): 63.3 million

Global rank: 29

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Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters
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Qtel

Main market: Qatar

Total subscribers (2009): 82.4 million

Global rank: 30


Photographs: Fadi Al Assaad/Reuters
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