China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its Jan-March 2014 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the first three months of the year were as follows:
Telecom operating revenues for Jan-March 2014 were RMB 336.78 bln (USD 54.50 bln), up 7.1% YoY, among which, core services revenue was RMB 290.83 bln (USD 47.06 bln), up 6.5% YoY. Broken down by mobile and fixed-line core service revenue, mobile telecom revenue was RMB 214.53 bln, up 7.0% YoY; and fixed-line telecom revenue was RMB 76.31 bln, up 5.1% YoY.
Of total telecom core services revenue, non-voice revenue was RMB 166.12 bln, up 13.8% YoY; while voice revenue decreased by 1.9% YoY to RMB 124.80 bln. Mobile data and internet revenue was RMB 57.95 bln, up 46.9% YoY.
Jan-March 2014 capital expenditure was RMB 51.06 bln (USD 8.26 bln), up 4.6% YoY.
Total telephone subscribers saw a net increase of 7.47 mln in March to reach 1.512 bln. In March, mobile subscribers grew by 8.65 mln to 1.248 bln, while fixed-line subscribers decreased by 1.17 mln to 263.70 mln. Among the mobile subscribers, 15.23 mln new 3G subscribers were added in March to reach a total 3G user base of 445.02 mln; and TD-LTE subscribers increased by 1.45 mln to reach a total 4G user base of 2.79 mln.
A total of 188.67 bln SMS messages were sent in Jan-March, an 18.7% decrease YoY.
In terms of internet access, China added 1.92 mln new registered broadband accounts in March to reach a total of 194.09 mln, of which 4M+ registered broadband accounts rose to 158.05 mln, accounting for 80.8% of all registered broadband accounts. Dial-up internet subs declined by 14,000 in March, reducing the total dial-up user base to 4.61 mln.
Mobile internet subscribers increased by 12.07 mln in March to reach a total of 851.12 mln. In Q1 2014, average monthly mobile data usage per mobile Internet subscriber increased to 166.1M, up 45.4% YoY.