The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its telecom industry statistics for the 6-month period from January to June.
In H1 2008, cumulative telecom revenues were RMB 398.8 bln, up 9.2% over the same 6-month period of 2007.
In June, the number of fixed-line subscribers (including PHS) dropped 2.6 mln. The period between January and June saw a net decrease of 9.3 mln fixed-line subscribers (with 6.8 mln of this figure comprised of PHS subscribers), to a total of 356 mln.
The number of mobile subscribers increased 8.6 mln in June, and 53.5 mln during H1 2008, bringing the total to 601 mln. A total of 344.1 bln SMS were sent during the first six months of the year, a 23.3% increase YoY.
Registered broadband users increased by 1.6 mln in June, and 9.6 mln during H1 2008, raising the total to 76.0 mln. In the same 6-month period, dial-up internet access accounts decreased by 3.4 mln, dropping the total to 16 mln.
Editor's Note: The MIIT's figures for broadband and dial-up users are based on total number of registered accounts. As multiple users commonly share a single account, the actual number of users is significantly higher. For the newest Internet and broadband user statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center, please see "CNNIC: China's Internet User Base Reaches 253 Mln", MD 7/24/08 issue.