In the first 10 months of the year, according to official figures, China’s population of phone users has reached approximately 1.1 billion by the end of October. This means that of the 1.34 billion people living in China, approximately 82% of them already own and use cell phones.
Among those that are using 3G devices there was an 83.99 million increase, reaching a total of 212.4 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Revenues were also up this year from mobile telecom services by 11.1% to 658.6 billion yuan, accounting for 73.7 percent of the telecom sector’s revenues.
While this would mean that 16% of Chinese are using 3G services, this would not necessarily account for all smartphone usage in the country, which includes those who have opted to use 2G services for phones that would normally be able to get 3G service. China Mobile is most likely the culprit in this regard, for its TD-SCDMA 3G services are not yet compatible with many devices.
China is already the world’s largest smartphone market, accounting for 26.5% of smartphone shipments this year according to IDC. With a variety of low-priced brands and models available for users, the market is set to explode in the coming years as Chinese make their way into the next wave of innovation.
Source: China Daily
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