Airtel Becomes Third-Largest Mobile Operator Globally


  • Bharti Airtel has become the third-largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscribers.
  • As per the latest data published by World Cellular Information Service, Bharti Airtel, with over 303 million mobile subscribers across its operations, has moved up one position in the global rankings.
  • China Mobile and Vodafone Group occupied the first and second positions respectively.
  • Bharti Airtel is a telecom service provider with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa.
  • Bharti Airtel's mobile network covers over 1.85 billion people and carried over 1.23 trillion minutes of calls and over 333 petabytes of data in 2014-15.
  • Airtel has in the recent past been rolling out its 4G mobile and Internet services across the country, with trials in major cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in June had released figures about the total telephone subscriber base at the end of April and Airtel's wireless subscriber base stood at 228.25 million.
  • As per figures released by industry body COAI in June, Airtel's subscriber base at the end of May stood at 229.44 million.