New World Telephone and People's Phone are running neck-and-neck in the race to sign up PCS subscribers. Both claim to have about 120,000 customers. New World's announcement it had signed so many customers raised eyebrows among industry observers, who thought it was further behind. Unlike People's, which has regularly given out its subscriber numbers, New World has given few previous indications about customer growth since its commercial launch in August. People's Phone passed the 100,000 mark in March, adding 11,000 new subscribers that month, chief executive Jim Pratt said. Among other PCS operators, Sunday hit 85,000 in March and has not released an updated figure, SmarTone PCS had about 30,000 when it bought the network from P Plus in March, and Hutchison recently said its network had about 33,000 customers. The latest figures from the Government showed that at the end of February, there were 313,661 PCS subscribers, up from 240,511 at the end of January. Subscriptions to established GSM services fell slightly during February - showing that most of the market growth is going into PCS. New World said it had 400 operational transmitting stations across Hong Kong with the aim of installing 600 by the end of the year. Chief executive Albert Wong said that new service plans would be launched in July.