Leading Telecom company Bharti Airtel is now the the fourth largest mobile operator in the world with over 250 million connections world wide, this was confirmed by analyst firm Wireless Intelligence. Apart from that China Mobile continues to be at the top spot with 683.08 million massive connections followed by Vodafone approx 386.88 million and then comes America Movil Group which has around 251.83 million.
Wireless Intelligence said in its ‘Mobile operator worldwide group global ranking by connections (Q2, 2012)’ that Bharti Airtel and Telefonica Group are at fourth and fifth position respectively. Besides China Unicom (which is at the sixth position), the report said Bharti Airtel is the only other member of the top ten to move up the ranking, recording a 13 per cent year-on-year rise in connections to overtake Telefonica.
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 operator said in a statement. It, however, added that Bharti’s mobile revenue at $ 3.04 billion in the second quarter of FY12 is significantly lower than the other operators in the top five, “reflecting Bharti’s presence in the ultra low-cost, low-margin Indian and African markets.”
Other Indian telecom operators like Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular and BSNL at eigth, fourteenth and twentieth position, respectively. While Reliance Communications has maintained its global ranking, Idea Cellular has moved up three places. State-run BSNL‘s ranking dropped by two places.