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China's Telcos Announce April 2011 Subscriber Totals

Marbridge Consulting, 5/20/11

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

April saw the net addition of 10.64 mln new mobile subscribers. China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) added 5.31 mln new mobile subscribers, pushing the operator's total mobile user base to 606.15 mln, of which a total of 29.38 mln subscribers used China Mobile's TD-SCDMA terminals during the month. China Mobile added 2.39 mln new TD-SCDMA subscribers in April.

China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) added 0.66 mln new GSM subscribers, bringing its total GSM user base to 156.66 mln, and added 1.82 mln subscribers to its WCDMA 3G network, for a total of 20.35 mln WCDMA subscribers.

China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) added 2.85 mln CDMA subs, taking its total to 103.1 mln, of which 17.84 mln were CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers. China Telecom added 1.47 mln new CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers in April.

Of the combined total of 67.57 mln 3G subs, China Mobile holds 44%, China Unicom 30%, and China Telecom 26%. Of total new mobile subs added in April, China Mobile took 49.92%, dropping its share of China's total mobile user base to 68.39%. China Unicom's share of the total mobile user base rose slightly to 19.97%, while China Telecom's share increased for the 28th straight month, rising from 11.45% at the end of March to 11.63% at the end of April.

China Telecom lost 410,000 fixed-line subs, reducing its total to 172.95 mln, and China Unicom lost 402,000 fixed-line subs, dropping its total to 96.15 mln.

China Telecom added 970,000 mln new broadband subscribers to reach 67.82 mln, and China Unicom added 628,000 new broadband subs to reach 50.43 mln.

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

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