China telcos announce March 2011 subscribers totals

29 April 2011 22 h 56 min 44 comments

The 3 China main telecom operators have announced their subscriber totals for March 2011. March saw a net addition of 12.65 mln new mobile subscribers and 2,4 mln new broadband subscribers and a reduction of 750 000 fixed lines. 

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March saw the net addition of 12.65 mln new mobile subscribers.

. China Mobile added 5.91 mln new mobile subscribers, pushing the operator’s total mobile user base to 600.84 mln, of which a total of 26.99 mln subscribers used China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA terminals during the month.

. China Unicom added 1.08 new GSM subscribers, bringing its total GSM user base to 156 mln, and added 1.86 mln subscribers to its WCDMA 3G network, for a total of 18.54 mln WCDMA subscribers. Total subs : 174,54 mln.
. China Telecom added 3.8 mln CDMA subs, taking its total to 100.25 mln, of which 16.37 mln were CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers. China Telecom added 1.61 mln new CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers in March.

China Mobile        600,84 mln                  68,62% of the mobile market

China Unicom      174,54 mln                   19,93%

China Telecom     100,25 mln                  11,44%

TOTAL                      875,63 mln

Of the combined total of 61.9 mln 3G subs, China Mobile holds 44%, China Unicom 30%, and China Telecom 26%. Of total new mobile subs added in March, China Mobile took 46.72%, dropping its share of China’s total mobile user base to 68.62%.

China Unicom’s share of the total mobile user base remained roughly the same at 19.93%, while China Telecom’s share increased for the 27th straight month, jumping from 11.03% at the end of January to 11.45% at the end of March.

 
Fixed lines

. China Telecom lost 410,000 fixed-line subs, reducing its total to 173.36 mln, and China Unicom lost 339,000 fixed-line subs, dropping its total to 96.55 mln. Total lines: 269,91 mln.

China Telecom    64,22% of the market

China unicom      35,77% 

Broadband

China Telecom added 1.45 mln new broadband subscribers to reach 66.85 mln, and China Unicom added 946,000 new broadband subs to reach 49.8 mln. Total subs: 116,65 mln.

China Telecom    57,3% of the market

China unicom      42,7%

SOURCES: China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Marbridge (28/04/2011)

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