Bharti Airtel, the Indian mobile telephony company and owners of Airtel Nigeria has become the third largest mobile operator in the world, a position lifted by its thriving Nigerian subsidiary.
Airtel Nigeria’s growing telecoms operation is also ranked number three in Nigeria with over 29.2 million active connections and 20 per cent market of the local telecoms market share. In the overall GSM mobile phone space, MTN Nigeria (61,281,803; 43%) leads in Nigeria followed by Globacom (30,040,119; 43%) while Etisalat Nigeria (22,444,198; 16%) is number four, according to April 2015 official market information by the telecoms industry umpire.
Meanwhile, latest data published by World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) shows that with over 303 million mobile subscribers across its operations, including Nigeria, India’s Airtel has now moved up one more position in this year’s global rankings.
Airtel, which also has operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa recorded the feat of becoming the third largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscribers, according to the ranking.
Airtel began operations in November 1995 in New Delhi (India) and in less than two decades it has emerged as one of the top brands in the emerging markets with an unmatched scale and diversity of operations.
The mobile phone company pioneered the low-cost business model based on outsourcing that has allowed it to expand its services rapidly and give customers affordable access to mobile telephony.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel, says “This is a major landmark in the journey of Airtel and underlines the strength of our business model and our brand that is loved by customers across 20 countries. Today, we seamlessly manage global scale operations in diverse geographies and deliver the same world-class services to each customers, this perhaps is one of our biggest achievements. I want to thank our employees and our business partners for supporting us through this exciting journey and with the mobile internet play about to happen in the developing world, things will only get brighter from here on.”
Airtel’s mobile networks cover over 1.85 billion people across its operations in 20 countries and carried over 1.23 trillion minutes of calls and over 333 petabytes of data in the 2014-15 financial year.