China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released its March 2011 telecom industry statistics. The figures for the month were as follows:
Telecom operating revenues were RMB 89.68 bln (USD 13.67 bln), bringing the cumulative year-to-date total to RMB 246.65 bln (USD 37.6 bln), up 11.5% over the same 3-month period of 2010. Core services accounted for RMB 227.23 bln (USD 34.64 bln) of the cumulative total, up 9.4% YoY.
Total telephone subscribers saw a net increase of 10.71 mln in March, with mobile subscribers growing by 11.44 mln to 890.27 mln, and fixed-line subscribers dropping by 0.74 mln to 292.73 mln. Broken down by traditional fixed-line and PHS, the PHS subscriber base declined by 1.09 mln subs to 25.82 mln, while traditional (i.e. non-PHS) fixed-line subscribers increased by 352,000 to 266.91 mln.
A total of 70.63 bln SMS messages were sent during the month of March, bringing the total for the first 3 months of 2011 to 216.11 bln, a 5.1% increase over the figure during the same period of 2010.
Broadband added 3.68 mln new registered users in March to reach a total of 133.69 mln. In contrast, dial-up lost another 33,000 users, lowering the total dial-up user base to 5.8 mln.