China Sports 334 million Mobile Phone Users

January 13th, 2005

China experienced a further mobile phone subscriber growth of 25% from 2003 to 2004.

Reported by AFP from BEIJING – The number of mobile phone subscribers in China topped 334 million in 2004, up 65 million from 2003, according to the Ministry of Information Industry.

The number of fixed-line subscribers reached 316 million last year, up 53 million from 2003, Xinhua news agency reported, citing figures from the ministry.

China’s mobile subscriber numbers are expected to grow to 402 million this year, the agency reported last month. Such numbers would mean that nearly one out of every three Chinese citizens would have a mobile phone.

Revenue in the telecommunication sector reached 520.5 billion yuan (62.9 billion dollars) in 2004, up 1.07 percent from 515 billion in 2003.

That accounts for over 90 percent of the total income from the telecom and postal services, the agency said.

In a separate report: China is said to be near a decision on choosing a 3G mobile phone licenses. There are three 3G standards, WCDMA (news – web sites), CDMA2000 and China’s TD-SCDMA.

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