Airtel becomes the third largest operator in the world

Bharti Airtel , the market leader in Indian telecom space,  has achieved the milestone of having the third highest subscriber base in the world according to the latest data released by World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) . Bharti Airtel has 303 .10 mn customers across 20 countries after China Mobile’s 626.37 mn and Vodafone Group’s 403.08 mn . Airtel’s mobile networks cover over 1.85 billion people across its operations in 20 countries and carried over 1.23 trillion minutes of calls and over 333 petabytes of data in FY 2014-15.  In India Airtel covers 86.8% of the country’s population with subscriber base of 229.44mn as on May’15 and boasts of having the largest rural mobile customer base with over 100 million mobile customers.

Top Five Global Mobile Operators by Customers
Ranking Operator Wireless Mobile Connections
(millions)
  1 China Mobile  626.27
  2 Vodafone Group  403.08
  3 Bharti Airtel  303.10
 4 China Unicom  299.09
 5 America Movil  274.14

In Africa it  is the largest mobile operator in the continent in terms of geographical footprint.  It offers 2G, 3G services and Airtel Money across all 17 countries in Africa. In Bangladesh, Bharti Airtel is the fastest growing mobile operator, with a distribution network comprising over 146K retailers across the country. The company offers a wide range of 2G and 3G services in Bangladesh, including voice, value added services, entertainment, m-commerce and m-health.
In Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel offers a range of mobile services which includes voice, data and enterprise solutions on its state-of-the-art 2G and 3G HSPA+ network. Airtel’s 3G presence across over 70% of its network is amongst the highest 3G ratio available across the subcontinent.

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