Buoyed by Nigeria, Airtel now world’s third largest mobile operator
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.