Top 10 Telecom Companies in the World 2017

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The telecom industry across the world has grown tremendously. With increasing penetration and use of smartphones, the opportunity for telecom companies to provide voice and data services is at its highest. Telecom companies are doing everything to ensure good network, high speed internet, low call rates etc to entice the customers. Some of the leading telecom companies worldwide include brands like AT&T, China Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon etc. Here is the list of the top 10 telecom companies of the world 2017 based on Revenue, Net Income and number of subscribers.

Quick Glance

Top 10 Telecom Companies in World 2017 are

1st place: China Mobile

2nd place: AT&T

3rd place: Verizon

4th place: Vodafone

5th place: Telefonica

6th place: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT)

7th place: Deutsche Telekom

8th place: America Movil

9th place: Orange

10th place: China Telecom

For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.

10. China Telecom

China Telecom is a Chinese state owned telecommunications company which was founded on 17th May, 2000.

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It is headquarted in Beijing and has a Mobile Subscriber base of 218.52 million. The company consists of 2 major subsidiaries – China Telecom Americas and China Telecom Europe, and the company has the largest Wi-Fi broadband network in China.


In the Financial Year 2016, the Operating Revenue stood at RMB 352,285 million, a 6.4% increase Y-o-Y. There was an 11.7% increase in Adjusted Net Profits which stood at RMB 18,004 million. The net Mobile Subscriptions added during the year was 17.1 million. There was a reduction in CAPEX which stood at RMB 96.8 billion and is expected to come down to RMB 89 billion in the Financial Year 2017. The Board of Directors recommends to the shareholders a final dividend of HK$0.105 per share for 2016, up 10.5%.

The company is a pioneer in building 3 superior networks – 4G Network, All-fibre Network, IoT Network. The major initiative planned by the company for 2017 are:

- to cease charging handset users domestic long-distance and roaming fees before 1 October 2017 with accelerating system upgrade and service grooming, etc.

- to reduce the fees of international long-distance calls

- to significantly reduce the tariff of Internet dedicated line access for SMEs.

Subs (Mn): 215

Rev ($Bn): 49.3

Net Income ($Bn): 2.59

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