Thursday, January 28, 2010

China - MNOs spent RMB 1.16 trillion constructing 325,000 3G base stations

[jlm pacific epoch] China's three telecom operators invested RMB 1.16 trillion in the 3G network to construct a total of 325,000 3G base stations in 2009: 108,000 TD-SCDMA base stations covering 238 cities for China Mobile; 117,000 3G base stations covering 342 cities for China Telecom; and 100,000 3G base stations covering 335 cities for China Unicom, reports quoting data released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) at an annual telecom industry press conference on January 27.

Excluding revenue from calls, China's telecom industry took in revenue of RMB 313.55 billion in 2009, up 8.8% year-on-year, while telecom tariffs fell 9.2% year-on-year in the period, reported January 27 quoting the MIIT data.

In 2009, China produced 182 million computers, up 27.5% year-on-year, 620 million handsets, up 9.8% year-on-year, and 99.66 million color TVs, up 9.3% year-on-year, said Xin Guobin, the director of MIIT's Operation, Supervision and Co-ordination Bureau, according to information on MIIT's website.

China had 15 million 3G subscribers by late 2009, including 5.1 million TD-SCDMA users, MIIT Telecom Development Bureau Director Zhang Feng said. MIIT announced earlier this month that China's 3G users reached 13.07 million by the end of November 2009 and were expected to exceed 15 million by the end of the year.

MIIT Announces Annual Telecom Stats

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