At the 2010 Communications Industry Technology Annual Conference underway today in Beijing, Zhang Zhijiang, GM of China Unicom's (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) technology division, revealed that handsets account for 75% of China Unicom's WCDMA terminal procurement, followed by data cards (15%) and netbooks (10%). Zhang said that high-end handsets (priced at RMB 3,000 or more) account for 37% of handset procurement orders, while mid-range handsets account for the remaining 63%. 8% of procured handsets run Windows Mobile, 16% use the Symbian mobile OS, and 4% use Apple's iPhone OS, while the rest operate either BREW or the manufacturer's self-owned OS. 29% of handsets procured by China Unicom use 3GPP Release 4 (UMTS) or Release 99, while 55% are Release 5 (supports IMS/HSDPA) and 16% are Release 6 (supports IMS, HSDPA and HSUPA).
Editor's Note: Zhang also said at the conference that the number of China Unicom 3G subscribers has exceeded 2 mln since the official commercial launch on October 1. As of the end of November, WCDMA networks had been deployed in 300 Chinese cities, and China Unicom expects coverage to reach 350 cities by the end of this year.