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Profile of China's telecom industry in March
[April 29, 2010]

Profile of China's telecom industry in March


BEIJING, Apr 29, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The following is a profile of China's telecom industry in March 2010: -- Overview China's telecom industry registered 714.1 billion yuan in business volume in January-March 2010, up 21.7 percent year on year.

Its main operating turnovers totaled 209.66 billion yuan in the period, up 5.3 percent.

The following chart (Chart 1) shows the industry's main operating turnover in 2007-2010.


-- Subscribers The industry registered 9.323 million new phone subscribers in March, bringing the total number up to 1,085.553 million. The number of fixed phone users fell by 1.578 million, but that of mobile phone users grew 10.901 million in the month.

In January-March, the number of fixed phone users in China declined by 5.007 million to 308.681 million. The Personal Handyphone System users fell in number by 5.519 million to 40.475 million, with its proportion in fixed phone users dropping to 13.1 percent from 14.7 percent at the end of 2009.

The following Chart 2 shows the number of newly added fixed phone users in 2007-2010.

The number of mobile phone subscribers increased 29.489 million in the first three months, boosting the total number to 776.872 million.

The following Chart 3 shows detailed figures in 2007-2010.

More basic telecom operators' Internet users have adopted broadband access services.

In January-March, the number of Internet broadband access users rose by 6.105 million to 109.331 million, while that of dial up Internet services retreated by 1.52 million.

The following Chart 4 shows the number of newly increased Internet broadband users in 2007-2010.

-- Business Structure The two charts below (Chart 5 and 6) compare the revenue structures of China's main telecom businesses in the first three months of 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Revenues from mobile communications grew year on year by 11.3 percent to 141.73 billion yuan in January-March this year; and those from fixed-line communications declined 5.4 percent on year to 67.93 billion yuan, with the proportion in the industry's main operating turnovers dwindling to 32.4 percent from 36.07 percent of the same period of 2009.

The following table compares the traffic volume of local fixed phone calls with mobile phone calls in January-March of 2010.

Comparison of call duration and traffic volume between fixed phone calls and mobile phone calls in Jan-Feb 2010 Index Units Q1 2010 Q1 2009 Change (%) Local fixed-phone calls Billion times 112.13 139.11 -19.4 --Traditional fixed-phone calls Billion times 93.37 105.46 -11.5 --Wireless local calls Billion times 18.76 33.65 -44.2 Mobile phone calls Billion minutes 800.52 662.65 20.8 -- Regional development Telecom business revenues in east, central and west China during the first three months went up 6.2 percent, 9.4 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.

The following Chart 7 compares the revenues by region in 2009-2010.

The following chart (Chart 8) makes comparisons of new fixed-phone users by region.

Chart 9 reveals how much growth each region was able to capture in mobile phone users.

The telecom industry's fixed-asset investment in eastern, central and western China respectively dropped 31.7 percent, 33.7 percent and 19.9 percent from the same period of 2009 in the first quarter, as they are shown in Chart 10.

Below, Chart 11 ranks the top 10 provinces and municipalities in terms of revenues from main telecom businesses in January-March 2010.

Guangdong province led the country by numbers of fixed and mobile phone users.

The following two charts (Chart 12 and 13) rank the top 10 provinces and municipalities respectively in terms of fixed and mobile phone users: The Chart 14 below shows the top ten provinces and municipalities by fixed-asset investments of the telecom industry in March.

(Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) (Edited by Luo Jingjing, luojj@xinhua.org)

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