Bharti Airtel becomes the fourth largest mobile operator in the world


Over 250 million mobile subscribers

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – 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. (Source: Wireless Intelligence ‘Scoreboard’).


Top Five Operators Globally:

Operator: China Mobile

Connections (millions)*: 683.08

YoY Growth, Connections: 11 %

Operator: Vodafone Group

Connections (millions)*: 386.88

YoY Growth, Connections: 5 %

Operator: America Movil Group

Connections (millions)*: 251.83

YoY Growth, Connections: 7 %

Operator: Bharti Airtel

Connections (millions)*: 250.04

YoY Growth, Connections: 13 %

Operator: Telefonica Group

Connections (millions)*: 243.51

YoY Growth, Connections: 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.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Bharti Airtel Limited.

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About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited ( is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 259 million customers across its operations at the end of September 2012. To know more please visit,


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