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MIIT Announces December 2013 Telecom Statistics

MIIT, 1/24/14

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its January to December 2013 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the full year were as follows:

Telecom operating revenues for 2013 were RMB 1.349 trln (USD 222.31 bln), up 12.0% YoY, among which, core services revenue was RMB 1.169 trln (USD 192.57 bln), up 8.7% YoY. 2013 full-year capital expenditure increased 3.9% YoY to RMB 375.47 bln (USD 61.86 bln).

Total telephone subscribers saw a net increase of 4.52 mln in December to reach 1.496 bln. In December, mobile subscribers grew by 5.82 mln to 1.229 bln, while fixed-line subscribers decreased by 1.30 mln to 266.99 mln. Among mobile subscribers, 14.73 mln new 3G subscribers were added in December to reach a total 3G user base of 401.61 mln. During 2013, 2G subscribers decreased by 51.85 mln to reach 827.50 mln, reducing the 2G mobile subscriber share to 67.3%.

A total of 891.67 bln SMS messages were sent in 2013, a 0.6% increase YoY.

In terms of internet access, China added 0.83 mln new registered broadband accounts in December to reach a total of 188.91 mln, of which 4M+ registered broadband accounts rose to 148.86 mln, accounting for 78.8% of all registered broadband accounts. Dial-up internet subs declined by 4,000 in December, reducing the total dial-up user base to 4.85 mln.

Mobile internet subscribers increased by 3.99 mln in December to reach a total of 807.56 mln. Average monthly mobile data usage per mobile internet subscriber increased to 139.4 M in 2013, up 42% YoY. Average revenue per user (ARPU) rose 47% YoY to RMB 20.4 per month per mobile internet subscriber.

Keywords: national statistics ARPU mobile data broadband revenue telecom MIIT mobile subscribers SMS 3G dial-up fixed-line subscribers Internet access mobile Internet telephone subscribers capex broadband subscribers Internet users wireless

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