A few years ago, telecommunications was not the essential industry that it is today. Fast forward to 2017 and the industry certainly had a lot of new innovation and opportunities just for them. The continuously evolving technology, standards, and systems require a lot of quality assurance and adaptability skills. So, when it comes to ranking telecommunication companies, it takes more than just one aspect to determine which one makes it on the list of the biggest and the best. But to make things easier, we consolidated a list that would rank the biggest telecom companies of 2017 according to their revenue, subscribers, and market value.


  1. AT&T – With a revenue of $163.8 billion through providing services like wireless, high-speed internet, video, TV, home automation, IoT, long-distance, AT&T. The telecom company also bought DirecTV last year and has been on top of its game ever since.
  2. Verizon Wireless – Verizon’s main headquarters is based on New York and only provides wireless voice and data services and equipment sales strictly on US-based subscribers. Although Verizon lack in size, it more than makes up for with pricing power especially since the U.S is a high-income market with a large population.
  3. China Mobile – With  853.68 million 4G subscribers as of February 2017 which is more than the mobile subscribers of any other company on this list, it’s hard for China Mobile to not be part of the biggest telecom companies worldwide.
  4. Comcast Corporation – Comcast provides a wide range of services. From video, high-speed internet, phone provider, news, entertainment, sports cable networks to television production, television stations, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts earning a revenue of $80.00 billion.
  5. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone –  Nippon Telegraph and Telephone ranks fifth on this list and 37th on Forbes’ Global 2000 2017 ranking with sales of not less than $105 billion and assets of $180 billion.
  6. Telefonica – Telefonica has operations in 17 countries and also owns 9.7% of China Unicom. The company has a recorded number of 276.45 million subscribers as of December 2016 and has an updated market value of $55.9 billion.
  7. China Telecom – This company is the third-largest mobile telecom company in China and is also the market leader in the country in terms of fixed-line connections.
  8. Telstra- This Australian-based telecom company gained $18.B sales in 2017 and has a market value of $40.7 billion making it part of not only this list, but also Forbes’ Global 2000 of 2017.
  9. BCE – BCE is a Canadian telecom company that had a reported sales amount of $16.4 billion and a subscriber addition of 106,000 for their postpaid wireless, IPTV and Internet services for the last year.
  10. Etisalat – Etisalat’s current market cap is 152 billion AED ($41 billion). With reported net revenues of AED 51.7 billion and net profit of 8.4 billion for 2017, Etisalat ranks amongst the most profitable telecom groups not only in United Arab Emirates but also in the world.
  11. Singtel – This Singapore-based telecom company have 638 million mobile subscribers, having 70% of its earnings from outside of Singapore with market shares for companies in India (Airtel), Philippines (Globe), Thailand (AIS), etc.
  12. American Movil – This company’s sales reached over  $52 billion and had  a solid increase of 6.4% year-on-year after net additions of 1.7 million in the quarter, including one million in Brazil and 206 thousand in Mexico.
  13. Saudi Telecom (STC) – Mobile broadband subscriptions in Saudi Arabia rose 25 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, to reach about 20 million subscribers and STC gained more than $13 billion just last year.
  14.  Vodafone – is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. It is also the third biggest telecommunications provider in Europe, with around 47.6 billion Euros in annual revenues.  Vodafone has around 340 million mobile customers in the company’s top markets – more than 209 million customers are located in India alone.
  15. Vivendi – At the end of December 2017, this company recorded an increase in subscription with 15.6 million subscribers, compared to 15.0 million at the end of December 2016.
  16. SK Telecom – SK telecom’s net income jumped by a whopping 60.1% compared to 2016 and its total number of subscribers surpassed 30.2 million at the end of 2017, reaching the 30-million-subscriber threshold.
  17. Bhari Airtel – Bharti Airtel continues to lead the market with 29.80% market share, adding another 1 million subscribers during September, taking total subscriber base to 282.04 million and earning a revenue of  $702 million.
  18. China Unicom – China Unicom is the second largest Chinese wireless provider whose mobile billing subscribers grew by 3.5% year-over-year to RMB 48.0, driven by a higher mix of 4G subscribers in its user base.
  19. Centurylink – This company achieved operating revenues of approximately $4.0 billion and generated operating income of $487 million.
  20. AMP Telecom – AMP posted a net profit of $848 million, compared with a net loss of $344 million last year- it’s worst result in over 10 years. However,  the company’s capital position remains strong, with level 3 eligible capital resources $2.334 billion above minimum regulatory requirements at December 31 2017, up from $2.2 billion  in the previous year.
  21. AVAYA – Avaya provides software and services for multi-touch contact center and unified communications offered on premises, in the cloud, or hybrid. The company posted a total revenue for the fourth quarter of $790 million.
  22. Centric Telecom – The company offers solutions and services that enable enterprises to increase productivity and efficiency via streamlined communications. The year closed with sales totalling 468 million euros, which is a 4 percent rise on the figure for 2016.
  23. Matrix Telecom – This telecom and security solutions company, was awarded as one of the top 25 Unified Communication solution providers company by The CEO Magazine. Matrix Telecom have global footprints in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa through an extensive network of more than 1000 channel partners.
  24. RingCentral – RingCentral offers cloud-based enterprise communications and had a total revenue of $501.5 million for the full year of 2017, up from $379.7 million in the full year of 2016, representing 32% growth.
  25. Veracity Networks – This telecom provides an on-premises, centralized configuration, control, and monitoring solution that tracks all connected devices and their communications with an estimated revenue of $35 million.