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China Telcos Announce March 2011 Subscriber Totals

Marbridge Consulting, 4/28/11

China's three main telecom operators have announced their subscriber totals for March 2011.

March saw the net addition of 12.65 mln new mobile subscribers. China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) added 5.91 mln new mobile subscribers, pushing the operator's total mobile user base to 600.84 mln, of which a total of 26.99 mln subscribers used China Mobile's TD-SCDMA terminals during the month. China Mobile added 2.45 mln new TD-SCDMA subscribers in March.

China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) added 1.08 new GSM subscribers, bringing its total GSM user base to 156 mln, and added 1.86 mln subscribers to its WCDMA 3G network, for a total of 18.54 mln WCDMA subscribers.

China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) added 3.8 mln CDMA subs, taking its total to 100.25 mln, of which 16.37 mln were CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers. China Telecom added 1.61 mln new CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers in March.

Of the combined total of 61.9 mln 3G subs, China Mobile holds 44%, China Unicom 30%, and China Telecom 26%. Of total new mobile subs added in March, China Mobile took 46.72%, dropping its share of China's total mobile user base to 68.62%. China Unicom's share of the total mobile user base remained roughly the same at 19.93%, while China Telecom's share increased for the 27th straight month, jumping from 11.03% at the end of January to 11.45% at the end of March.

China Telecom lost 410,000 fixed-line subs, reducing its total to 173.36 mln, and China Unicom lost 339,000 fixed-line subs, dropping its total to 96.55 mln.

China Telecom added 1.45 mln new broadband subscribers to reach 66.85 mln, and China Unicom added 946,000 new broadband subs to reach 49.8 mln.

Keywords: national statistics China Telecom China Mobile China Unicom broadband telecom wireless mobile subscribers 3G broadband subscribers CDMA GSM CHL TD-SCDMA WCDMA 0728.HK 0762.HK 0941.HK 600050.SH CHA CHU CDMA2000 EV-DO fixed-line subscribers market share

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