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China: Nearly 800m phone users August 28, 2006

Posted by Jasper in General, Mobile.

[From Pacific Epoch]: China had over 798 million phone users at the end July 2006, Beijing Morning Post reports quoting statistics by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII). There were 366.5 million fixed-line phone users in China and 431.7 million mobile users at the end of the first half of 2006. China added 38.39 million mobile phone users in the first half of 2006. Mobile users sent 238.5 billion SMS during the first half of 2006, up 44.9 percent year-on-year.

Commentary: For every 100 people, that is 28 with a fixed line phone and 33 with a mobile. Not much, but the shear numbers are staggering. Also, adding 38 million mobile phone users in 6 months is an amazing number. It suggests the mobile providers are growing so fast, that China could be looking at half a billion mobile users by early 2007! No doubt China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator (se previous post) will be grabbing most of these users, further entrenching its position on the market.



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