China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its December 2009 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the month were as follows:
Telecom operating revenues were RMB 77.8 bln (USD 11.4 bln), bringing the cumulative year-to-date total to RMB 870.73 bln (USD 127.5 bln), up 4.1% over the same 11-month period of 2008. Core services accounted for RMB 842.4 bln of the cumulative total, up 3.9% YoY. Capital expenditure for the month came to 95.2 bln (USD 13.9 bln), bringing the year-to-date total to RMB 372.5 bln (USD 54.5 bln), a 26.1% year-on-year increase.
Total telephone subscribers saw a net increase of 4.2 mln in December, with mobile subscribers growing by approximately 8.8 mln to 747.4 mln, and fixed-line subscribers dropping by 4.6 mln to approximately 313.7 mln. Broken down by traditional fixed-line and PHS, the PHS subscriber base declined by approximately 2.9 mln subs to 46.0 mln, while traditional (i.e. non-PHS) fixed-line subscribers decreased by 1.7 mln to 267.7 mln.
A total of over 67.35 bln SMS messages were sent during the month of December, bringing the total for 2009 to 771.3 bln, a 10.2 % increase over the 2008 figure.
Broadband added 1.2 mln new registered users in December to reach a total of 103.2 mln. In contrast, dial-up lost another 55,000 users, lowering the total dial-up user base to 8.7 mln.
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