China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its January 2010 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the month were as follows:
Telecom operating revenues were RMB 71.0 bln (USD 10.4 bln), up 6.6% over the same 1-month period of 2009. Core services accounted for RMB 67.0 bln of the cumulative total, up 5.0% YoY.
Total telephone subscribers saw a net increase of 7.3 mln in January, with mobile subscribers growing by approximately 9.2 mln to 756.6 mln, and fixed-line subscribers dropping by 1.9 mln to approximately 311.8 mln. Broken down by traditional fixed-line and PHS, traditional (i.e. non-PHS) fixed-line subscribers increased by 400,000 to 268.1 mln, while the PHS subscriber base declined by approximately 2.3 mln subs to 43.7 mln.
A total of over 66.5 bln SMS messages were sent during the month of January, a 4.5 % decrease over the January 2009 figure.
Broadband added 1.9 mln new registered users in January to reach a total of 105.1 mln. In contrast, dial-up lost another 1.6 mln users, lowering the total dial-up user base to 7.1 mln.
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