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March 22, 2013

With 10 million Subscribers ,China Mobile waits for the next iPhone

As of March 2012 the combined total subscribers of the top three Chinese mobile operators – China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom – is now 1,012.5 million, according to mobiThinking’s arithmetic.

 China Mobile, the largest operator on the planet, has 667.2 million subscribers, that’s more than 1.5 times the number of mobile subscribers in the whole of Africa – 433 million at the end of 2011 according to estimates by the ITU. ( source : Mobithinking)



• China accounts for more than one sixth of the world’s mobile subscribers – there were 5,981 million (i.e. just under 6 billion) mobile subscribers worldwide at the end of 2011 according to estimates by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The world’s largest wireless carrier, China Mobile , will spend $6.7 billion this year to upgrade its networks to offer 4G/TD-LTE connectivity, Reuters noted. Those upgrades will come in time to handle Apple‘s) next-generation iPhone, which will reportedly include 4G/TD-LTE connectivity compatible with China Mobile’s network.

 China Mobile is the only major Chinese carrier not to offer the iPhone. Despite that, it has an estimated 10 million iPhone users – even though its current 3G technology is not fully compatible with available iPhone models. China Unicom and China Telecom  already offer the iPhone. Apple and China Mobile have been in negotiations to bring the iPhone to the carrier for some time.