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.

Global Data:


Data by Country

Click on a country name to view a filtered map

Countries sorted by subscribers "owned" by that country

China1,207,330,000
India706,479,996
United Kingdom440,944,259
Russia338,500,128
USA330,429,689
Spain302,969,846
Mexico242,960,149
France239,989,565
Malaysia171,115,608
Norway164,131,286
South Africa163,492,000
Japan144,706,800
Vietnam138,908,320
Germany136,696,800
Indonesia129,011,400
Sweden123,081,029
Italy104,777,400
Qatar85,500,400
United Arab Emirates83,619,101
Iran82,939,000
Saudi Arabia67,187,200
Turkey62,354,450
Thailand59,470,572
Hong Kong55,612,300
Philippines54,200,000
Singapore53,071,000
South Korea52,466,667
Brazil50,553,105
Luxembourg48,873,485
Kuwait40,988,000
Egypt35,207,280
Netherlands34,000,000
Nigeria28,679,281
Canada26,549,100
Taiwan26,488,750
Pakistan23,870,000
Argentina21,600,000
Austria21,493,099
Kazakhstan20,796,333
Venezuela19,865,400
Australia18,889,000
Ethiopia18,280,000
Greece18,236,000
Portugal15,735,172
Poland14,000,000
Libya10,703,588
Algeria10,600,000
Morocco10,447,000
Chile10,100,000
Burma10,000,000
Cyprus10,000,000
Israel9,999,000
Belgium9,926,000
Zimbabwe9,600,000
Bermuda9,005,882
Nepal8,800,000
Bahrain7,885,000
Sudan7,859,567
Tunisia7,100,000
Bolivia6,800,000
Syria6,400,000
Afghanistan6,260,000
Gambia5,900,000
Belarus5,330,000
Switzerland5,181,153
Laos4,835,097
Lebanon4,600,000
Estonia4,554,023
Mozambique4,500,000
Serbia4,217,135
Sri Lanka4,194,000
Cambodia4,130,000
Costa Rica4,095,720
Kyrgyzstan3,800,000
Georgia3,300,000
Tajikistan3,000,000
Mongolia2,855,900
Bosnia and Herzegovina2,840,000
Slovenia2,791,474
Oman2,670,000
Turkemenistan2,600,000
Bulgaria2,500,000
Palestine2,500,000
Angola2,500,000
Azerbaijan2,470,000
Finland2,400,000
Bangladesh2,340,000
Namibia2,270,000
Uruguay2,250,000
Iraq2,250,000
Denmark2,190,000
Yemen2,100,000
Uganda2,000,000
New Zealand2,000,000
Malawi2,000,000
Ukraine1,950,000
Burkina Faso1,728,101
Somalia1,672,000
Togo1,516,987
Cuba1,500,000
Peru1,300,000
Benin1,267,000
Ireland1,120,000
Kosovo1,000,000
Zambia1,000,000
Tatarstan820,000
Solvenia794,312
Domican Republic620,000
Fiji600,000
Bhutan560,891
Brunei500,000
Timor500,000
Dubai491,891
Paraguay437,366
Albania410,000
Maldives350,000
Eritrea332,100
Iceland315,360
Moldova301,000
Guyana300,000
Papua New Guinea300,000
Guniea250,000
Ecuador244,280
Tanzania232,234
Comoros230,000
French-Polynesia227,600
Uzbekistan200,000
Belize190,000
Latvia145,000
Djibouti114,000
Mauritius100,940
Honduras100,000
Chad80,000
Solomon Islands80,000
Guam57,000
Andorra52,000
Congo28,000
Micronesia8,400
Tuvalu2,800
United Kingdom415,444,259
Spain260,969,846
Russia177,604,128
France173,795,565
Mexico163,096,149
Norway160,930,286
Malaysia142,714,608
South Africa134,592,000
Sweden111,912,029
Germany100,096,800
Qatar81,916,400
India80,516,076
Italy72,677,400
United Arab Emirates70,419,101
Hong Kong52,507,300
Luxembourg48,623,485
Singapore47,044,000
Kuwait38,798,000
Saudi Arabia35,371,200
Egypt35,207,280
USA34,819,689
Netherlands24,000,000
China20,200,000
Austria16,113,099
Turkey13,772,000
Vietnam13,500,000
Morocco10,447,000
Greece10,336,000
Cyprus10,000,000
Bermuda9,005,882
Bahrain6,983,000
Portugal6,435,172
Gambia4,300,000
Estonia3,919,000
Australia3,789,000
Nigeria3,428,761
Georgia3,300,000
Argentina2,300,000
Sudan1,859,567
Israel1,000,000
Tatarstan820,000
Solvenia794,312
Libya703,588
Lebanon700,000
Tunisia700,000
Domican Republic620,000
Zimbabwe600,000
Timor500,000
Dubai491,891
Switzerland439,880
Serbia325,000
Indonesia296,000
Belgium275,000
Guniea250,000
French-Polynesia227,600
Japan65,000
Guam57,000
Congo28,000
Micronesia8,400