4th February 2014
We've created a tool based on our research of the ownership of mobile networks around the world. We wanted to show how the location of mobile subscribers differs from the location of the larger networks and holding companies that control them.
You can choose whether you just look at the subscribers located in different countries from their network's holding company, or you can filter down to specific countries to find out what networks they control around the world.
Notes on Data:
This tool is based on data we collated regarding the subscriber numbers and ownership status of 604 mobile networks around the world. We used a mixture of company reports, news reports and third party research data to collect the information.
In almost all cases where a network is owned by a number of different companies or investors, we identified a primary stakeholder who had a controlling stake in the network. In the case of 2 networks (EE in the UK and Vodafone in Australia) there were two equal stakeholders, so we effectively split the network into two for our stats, rather than attempting to choose a primary stakeholder.
There are 135 networks that we attempted but were unable to find reliable subscriber numbers for. A large number of these include the member networks of Digicel and LIME who wouldn't split their subscriber numbers by the various countries in which they have networks. Click here to view the full list of networks we couldn't get subscriber numbers for.
Click on a country name to view a filtered map
Countries sorted by subscribers "owned" by that country