Majority of callers use mobile phones

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 12:00am

The number of mobile-phone users in the mainland has exceeded that of landline subscribers for the first time, according to the Ministry of Information Industry.

At the end of last month, China's wireless users surpassed their landline counterparts by 1.8 million to total 256.94 million.

The mainland has been the world's largest mobile market since August last year.

Landline users in China totalled 255.14 million at the end of last month.

China added 6.96 million mobile users last month, a growth rate 21.3 per cent higher than that in September' and 56.3 per cent more than this year's monthly average.

In contrast, user growth for the country's landline service shrank to 4.67 million last month, 870,000 fewer than the nation's two fixed-line operators - China Telecommunications Corp Group and China Network Communications Group Corp - signed up in the previous month.

During the first 10 months of this year, China added 40.92 million fixed-line subscribers and 50.93 million mobile users.

Revenue generated by the country's six telecommunications carriers for the period rose 14.5 per cent year on year to 381.44 billion yuan (HK$354.35 billion).

In a boost for telecoms equipment suppliers, the carriers increased their capital investment by 24.2 per cent to a combined 142.04 billion yuan during the 10 month period.