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China mobile phone users top a billion

02 апреля 2012

China said Friday it had broken the barrier of one billion mobile phone accounts at the end of February, as more people in the world's most populous country ditch fixed phones.

The number of cell phone subscriptions grew 20.7 million in January and February to reach just over a billion, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said, up from 900.4 million in April last year.

In contrast, the number of fixed-line subscriptions fell by 828,000 during that period to reach 284.3 million, the figures showed.

Mobile phone use has exploded in China in recent years as handset prices and user charges have dropped, while the continual arrival of new technologies on the market has spurred sales.

Of the more than one billion accounts, a total of 144 million used 3-G technology--nearly double the figure for April 2011.

However, the figures don't indicate how many mobile phone users there are in China, as companies and individuals might have two or more subscriptions each.

China also has the world's largest web population with more than half a billion Internet users, according to official figures.

Источник: Total Telecom

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