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.

China Mobile 'on target' for 300 million 4G users by the end of the year

China Mobile is investing heavily to build up its 4G technology. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator, is set to reach 300 million 4G subscribers by the end of this year as domestic adoption picked up again last month following a slowdown in April.

Wednesday, 24 June, 2015, 10:21am

Small change in China's mobile data services shows big power struggle in reform

Premier Li Keqiang says China is the world's biggest mobile phone market, but internet speeds are ranked worse than 80th in the world. Photo: AFP

Premier Li Keqiang has apparently lost his patience in recent weeks about many small but important things.

17 May 2015 - 10:31pm

Massive telecoms asset injection planned for China's Big Three network operators

China's three largest telecoms companies are preparing to massively expand network coverage. Photo: Reuters

Nearly a million network towers on the mainland are expected to be injected into a state-owned telecommunications infrastructure-sharing joint venture.

7 Apr 2015 - 8:06pm 3 comments

China Mobile sees 10.2 per cent drop in profits after 4G network expansion

A woman looks her phone while walking past a China Mobile sign in Shanghai. The company saw a 10.2 per cent drop in profits in the fourth quarter of 2014. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator, saw its profit fall 10.2 per cent in the fourth quarter after making huge investments to develop 4G network services across the country.

19 Mar 2015 - 4:02pm

Hong Kong mobile sector expected to see better days after 3G spectrum auction

SmarTone bought a total of 19.8MHz of radio spectrum for HK$980.4 million. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's incumbent mobile network operators could see improved financial performance next year, after the government concluded its much-anticipated public auction of radio spectrum on Monday.

10 Dec 2014 - 3:01am

China Mobile poised for big gains from 4G push into rural areas

The mainland has 1.282 billion subscribers on all mobile networks and 177 million internet users in the rural areas. Photo: Bloomberg

A plan by China Mobile to redeploy some of its spectrum to roll out fourth-generation network services in rural parts of the mainland could provide it with as much as 66 billion yuan in fresh revenue over the next three years.

28 Nov 2014 - 3:22am

China Mobile's 3G subscribers decline as 4G users top 50 million

China Mobile saw its first decline in 3G users last month as more customers switched to the faster 4G network. Photo: Bloomberg

China Mobile saw its first monthly decrease in 3G subscribers last month as 4G users crossed its 50-million milestone two months ahead of schedule.

21 Nov 2014 - 7:21am

China Mobile targets mass market with no iPhone 6 date in sight

China Mobile will focus on selling cheaper phones, with the world's largest carrier saying it didn't know when Apple's iPhone 6 would be available to its mainland customers. Photo: AFP

China Mobile will focus on selling cheaper phones, with the world's largest carrier saying it didn't know when Apple's iPhone 6 would be available to its mainland customers.

17 Sep 2014 - 5:04am 1 comment

China Mobile shares hit HK$100 on iPhone hopes

Demand for China Mobile's shares was heavy ahead of Apple’s launch of the latest version of its iPhone. Photo: AFP

Shares in China Mobile hit HK$100 for the first time in six years during early trading on Wednesday.

Demand for the stock was heavy ahead of Apple’s launch of the latest version of its iPhone, expected later this month, driving positive sentiment about use of 4G services in China.

3 Sep 2014 - 12:00pm

China Mobile lures bulls amid profit turnaround bets

China Mobile would spend 21 billion yuan (HK$26.4 billion) on subsidies this year, compared with the 34 billion yuan it had planned. Photo: EPA

Bets that China Mobile's US$2 billion cut in handset subsidies will help the world's biggest phone company reverse a profit slump pushed bullish options on the stock to a 19-month high.

3 Sep 2014 - 1:33am

Network carriers' subsidy cuts hit Apple and Samsung in China

China Mobile is cutting subsidies by US$2 billion in a sign the industry is less willing to pay for expensive devices like the iPhone and Galaxy S.

The world's biggest phone market is getting a lot tougher for Apple and Samsung Electronics.

18 Aug 2014 - 6:28am

China Mobile aims to be among first mobile operators with iPhone 6

China Mobile now boasts 790 million subscribers, with the ranks of 4G users at 20.4 million by the end of last month. Photo: AFP

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator by number of subscribers, says it will be one of the first operators to offer Apple's iPhone 6, which is expected to be launched later this year.

15 Aug 2014 - 12:34am

China telecoms operators see plenty to gain in sharing infrastructure

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom plan to lease the towers, mobile base stations and transmission assets from a joint venture instead of constructing these facilities on their own. Photo: Reuters

China's three main telecommunications service providers have started talks on setting up a joint venture to allow for infrastructure-sharing, which could lower the cost of developing mobile networks across the country.

2 May 2014 - 1:03am

China Mobile's earnings fall 5.9pc, ending 14-year run of profit growth

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua at the company's results briefing yesterday. He said 4G services should be cheaper than 3G due to technology advancement. Photo: Edward Wong

China Mobile said net profit fell 5.9 per cent to 121.7 billion yuan (HK$153.6 billion) last year due to heavier investments in infrastructure resources. It was the first time in 14 years that profits at the world's largest mobile company by subscribers failed to grow.

21 Mar 2014 - 5:20am

New VAT may drive China's mobile operators to cut costs

The mainland's telecommunications operators may reduce mobile subsidies and increase low-end product offerings. Photo: Reuters

The value-added tax that the mainland's telecommunications companies face later this year might force the three wireless operators to cut expenses, including subsidies promoting smartphone usage, analysts say.

Beijing would use the tax to replace the existing business tax in several service industries, including the telecommunications sector, Premier Li Keqiang reiterated this week.

8 Mar 2014 - 1:01am