Top 10 Telecom Companies in the World 2017

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1. China Mobile

China Mobile started as a state-owned enterprise under People’s Republic of China in 1997 with headquarters in Hong Kong, China.


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China Mobile has been listed on the NYSE and the Hong Kong stock exchanges, and it holds 70% of the domestic market share in China and has a penetration of 97% in China. It has a good number of rural subscribers in China, and is the largest player in China and the world.

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It has launched several brands in other countries and acquired some small domestic brands eg: China Tietong. The company has a customer base of 856,485 thousand as of March 2017. In the Financial Year 2016, the company had an Operating Revenue of RMB 708,421 million, EBITDA of RMB 256,677 million and a Net Profit of RMB 108,741 million. For the Financial Year 2016, the company gave an Interim dividend of HK$1.489 per share and a Final Dividend of HK$1.243 per share. In 2016, the CAPEX stood at RMB 187.3 billion, which was slightly higher than the budgeted RMB 186.2 billion at the beginning of the year.

In 2016, the company was selected as one of “The World’s 2,000 Biggest Public Companies” by Forbes Magazine (Rank 18). It was also recognised on the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index. Other achievements in 2016 were as follows:

  • 1.51 million 4g Base stations
  • Net increase of Wireless broadband customers- 22.59 million
  • Launched “3+1” Capacity Service System
  • Developed the China Mobile 13th Five-Year Plan for Network Information Security

Subs (Mn): 848.9

Rev ($Bn): 100.04

Net Income ($Bn): 15.16


Rank Methodology:

1. The leading telecom companies from across the world were taken

2. Parameters like Subscriber base, revenues and net income were considered and weights of 0.1, 0.6 and 0.3 were given respectively.

3. A final score was calculated and the ranks were derived.



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