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Mature mobile markets like the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and South Korea continue to generate the big dollars for the mobile industry, but the future revenue growth is coming from new telecom economies. That’s resulting in changes in telecom hierarchies across the world.

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Mature mobile markets like the U.S.,Western Europe, Japan and South Korea continue to generate the big dollars for the mobile industry, but the future growth is coming from new telecom economies: China, India, Brazil and the African continent. Thanks to a vast customer base, operators with operations in these countries are starting to dominate the top tier of the mobile world and change the telecom hierarchy.

Data collected by Wireless Intelligence — the research arm of GSMA, a trade organization — shows that at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, China Mobile was the largest mobile phone company in the world with 584 million connections, followed by Vodafone with 353 million connections, America Movil  with 225 million connections, Telefonica Group with 220.2 million connections, and Bharti Airtel Group with 199.6 million connections. Verizon Wireless had 102.2 million connections, while AT&T had 95.5 million connections. It’s likely just a matter of time before more of the upstarts overtake the established giants in terms of revenues as well.

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  1. I don’t know where this data came from but from what MTN Group have on its website, this is absolutely wrong!

    1. If you follow the source* of this analysis you’ll see that the methodology includes only majority-holdings of each group, which ensures operators are fairly compared.

      In the case of MTN, this excludes their minority interests in Iran.

      * http://www.wirelessintelligence.com/analysis/2011/05/new-study-ranks-top-20-global-mobile-operator-groups-by-revenue/

    2. Kokoru

      Please follow the link to the WIreless Intelligence website to read the fine print on MTN and other carriers.

  2. Meet the Top 20 Mobile Networks in the World http://t.co/XUBgU2MM (via @talbot)

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