NEW ANALYSIS: China has consolidated its position as the world’s largest mobile market, according to GSMA Intelligence‘s latest ‘Scoreboard’ operator ranking – as all three of the country’s main carriers strengthened their positions from a year ago.
China Mobile remained the world’s largest mobile operator based on connections and annual mobile revenue – strengthening its lead over second-placed Vodafone – while domestic rivals China Unicom and China Telecom both increased their ranking score from a year ago. China Unicom climbed two places to #5, surpassing Verizon Wireless (#6) and VimpelCom Group (#7), while China Telecom also increased two places to #11, jumping ahead of Deutsche Telekom (#12) and MTN Group (#13).
China Unicom and China Telecom were the only two operators in the ranking to post double-digit revenue growth. Annual revenue for the top 20 groups combined was down by 0.1% on the back of significant year-on-year declines at MTN (#13), Telecom Italia (#15), and Japan’s NTT Docomo (#16) – though Vodafone (#2) was the only member of the top five to report a revenue decline.
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