Netease Tech, 7/18/11
Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH), revealed at the 2011 China Unicom WCDMA Terminal Supply Chain Summit in Shanghai today that 81.98 mln cumulative 3G terminals were sold in China as of May 2011, with WCDMA devices accounting for 45%. More than 36 mln WCDMA terminals were sold in China during the first five months of this year, with 108 operator-customized WCDMA models currently available, ranging from high-end to low-end. Android-based terminals accounted for more than 35% of total sales, up 3 percentage points year-over-year.
As of the end of June, 203,000 WCDMA base stations had been built nationwide, extending the WCDMA network to 341 cities and 95% of all counties. In addition, 3G network upgrades have been completed in 56 cities nationwide, raising downstream throughput to 21.6 Mbps.
Editor's Note: According to Tencent Tech, China Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing revealed at today's summit that Unicom is now moving forward on plans to strengthen cooperation with its e-commerce partners. In 2011, sales via China Unicom's sales channels on platforms such as Beijing-based B2C e-commerce platform 360Buy are expected to exceed RMB 1 bln.