by CIO Staff

China Has 373 Million Mobile Phones

Oct 03, 20051 min
MobileSmall and Medium Business

The number of mobile phone users in China continues to expand at over 3 million new subscribers per month, hitting 372.8 million as of the end of August, the government said.

In July, China reported 368 million users, meaning the figure increased by 4.8 million during August, according to statistics from China’s Ministry of Information Industry. There were 342.3 million fixed-line telephone users in China as of the end of August.

The numbers compare to just 57.4 million mobile phone subscribers in India as of the end of June, 2005, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Both countries boast populations of over 1 billion people.

China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the world’s largest mobile phone service provider, added 3.6 million subscribers in August, bringing its total to 231 million handset users, according to the company’s Web site.

By Dan Nystedt, IDG News