Britain's Most Admired Companies 2011: Telecommunications sector

In a globalised world, telecommunications have never been more important. Nor has the sector ever been more competitive, as these Most Admired rankings demonstrate.

by MT Staff

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Telefónica 02 is now Europe’s second-largest mobile operator. It’s growing at a rate of knots, anticipating 340 million users by 2013. There’s nothing between it and second-placed Vodafone, which now connects 391 million customers and made a first-half profit of £6bn, despite a £450m writedown on its Greek business. Virgin Media is a minnow by comparison, but has had a storming year, capitalising on demand for its super-fast broadband and digital TV offerings. Top last year, satellite comms outfit Inmarsat is fourth, the subject of much take-over talk recently. It’s fifth place again for BT, whose £2.5bn fibre broadband network promises bumper times ahead. ‘We are investing when others are merely talking about it,’ says CEO Ian Livingston.

BMAC 2011 by sector: Telecommunications

  QMan Rank FS Rank QG&S Rank AAT Rank
BT Group 7.3 4 6.5 4 6.6 5 5.9 5
Cable & Wireless  Communications 4.0 8 3.4 9 4.6 9 4.1 8
Cable & Wireless Worldwide 3.9 9 4.1 8 5.8 7 4.0 9
Colt 5.1 7 5.9 6 6.1 6 4.6 7
Inmarsat 6.3 6 6.8 3 7.2 3 6.5 4
Talk Talk 6.4 5 5.8 7 5.1 8 5.6 6
Telefónica 02 (UK) 8.0 2 7.4 2 7.4 2 7.6 1
Virgin Media 7.6 3 6.1 5 7.5 1 6.6 3
Vodafone 8.2 1 8.2 1 7.1 4 7.6 1

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