Marbridge Consulting, 2/20/13
China's three main telecom operators have announced their subscriber totals for January 2013.
January saw the net addition of 10.54 mln new mobile subscribers. China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) added 4.38 mln new mobile subscribers, pushing the operator's total mobile user base to 714.68 mln, of which a total of 94.98 mln subscribers used China Mobile's TD-SCDMA terminals during the month. China Mobile added 7.05 mln new TD-SCDMA subscribers in January, but lost 2.67 mln GSM subscribers.
China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) saw a net addition of 3.61 mln new mobile subscribers during the month, bringing its total to 242.92 mln, of which 162.79 mln were GSM subscribers, and 80.13 mln were WCDMA subscribers. China Unicom lost 64,000 GSM subscribers and gained 3.67 mln new WCDMA subscribers in January.
China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) saw a net addition of 2.56 mln new mobile subs, taking its total to 163.18 mln, of which 72.06 mln were CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers and 91.12 mln were CDMA subs. China Telecom added 3.01 mln new CDMA2000 EV-DO subscribers and lost 450,000 CDMA subs in January.
Of the combined total of 247.16 mln 3G subs, China Mobile holds 38.43%, China Unicom 32.42%, and China Telecom 29.15%. Of total new mobile subs added in January, China Mobile took 41.53%, dropping its share of China's total mobile user base to 63.77%. China Unicom's share of the total mobile user base increased for the 24th straight month, rising from 21.56% at the end of December 2012 to 21.67% at the end of January, while China Telecom's share increased for the 49th straight month, rising from 14.47% at the end of November 2012 to 14.56% at the end of January.
China Telecom lost 230,000 fixed-line subs, reducing its total to 162.77 mln, while China Unicom added 128,000 fixed-line subs, increasing its total to 92.09 mln.
China Telecom gained 950,000 new broadband subscribers to reach 91.07 mln, and China Unicom added 682,000 new broadband subs to reach 64.55 mln.