Marbridge Consulting, 1/22/09
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its December 2008 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the month were as follows:
Telecom revenues were RMB 67.9 bln (USD 9.9 bln), bringing the cumulative year-to-date total to RMB 814.0 bln (USD 118.8 bln), up 7.0% over the same 12-month period of 2007. Capital expenditure for the month came to RMB 79.6 bln (USD 11.6 bln), bringing the full-year 2008 total to RMB 295.4 bln (USD 43.1 bln), a 29.6% year-on-year increase.
Mobile subscribers grew by approximately 7.4 mln in December to over 641.2 mln. A total of nearly 700 bln SMS messages were sent during the full year of 2008, an 18.2% increase YoY.
Fixed-line (including PHS) growth was negative for the seventeenth consecutive month, with total subscribers dropping by 7.7 mln to 340.8 mln. Broken down by traditional fixed line and PHS, the PHS subscriber base declined for the nineteenth straight month, with a net loss of 3.4 mln subs, dropping the total to 68.9 mln. Traditional (i.e. non-PHS) fixed-line subscribers decreased by 4.3 mln to just under 271.9 mln. The decline in the fixed line user base has accelerated markedly in November (which saw a loss of roughly 3.0 mln) and December, up from an average loss of approximately 1.4 mln in each of the first 10 months of the year.
Broadband added only 50,000 new registered users to reach over 83.4 mln, while dial-up Internet access lost 250,000 users, dropping the total to less than 14.4 mln.
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