China Mobile

China Mobile Ltd is a state-owned telecom providing mobile voice and multimedia services through a nationwide mobile network. It is listed in New York and Hong Kong and is the world's largest mobile phone operator with about 655 million subscribers as of January 2012.

Subscribers of the China Mobile network on the mainland had complained about the slow speed of the company's 3G services. Photo: AFP

China enters new era with grant of 4G mobile network licenses

Beijing has awarded fourth-generation (4G) mobile licences to the three major mainland telecommunications network operators, paving the way for the much-anticipated alliance between China Mobile and Apple in the world's biggest smartphone market.