Bharti Airtel becomes the fourth largest mobile operator in the world (subscriber base : 250 million)

Bharti Airtel claims to be the fourth largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscribers.

Top Five Operators Globally:

Operator Connections (millions)* YoY Growth,connections
China Mobile 683.08 11 %
Vodafone Group 386.88 5 %
America Movil Group 251.83 7 %
Bharti Airtel 250.04 13 %
Telefonica Group 243.51 7 %

(Mobile operator worldwide group global ranking by connections, Q2 2012) 

*Connections are aggregated as the sum of each group’s subsidiaries where a minimum of 50 % plus one share economic interest is held.

At the end of the quarter ended June 2012, the Company had over 250 million mobile subscribers across its operations, representing  13% Y-o-Y growth.

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.

The other Indian telecom operators in the report are Reliance Communications (8th), Idea Cellular (14th) and BSNL (20th) position, respectively.

The company recently launched its 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune.

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* Source: Wireless Intelligence ‘Scoreboard’.