China Telecommunications Report Q1 2016
BMI View: China has officially entered the 4G era in 2015 with greater than anticipated subscribergrowth. Large subscriber bases will provide ample room for operators to generate revenue and 4Gsubscriber growth has mainly been generated through the migration of existing 3G customers to LTEnetworks. Government efforts to invite private competition into the fixed and mobile sectors, as well asmandate the state-owned operators to reduce data prices and improve network speeds will be positive forgrowth in the Chinese telecoms market.
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The MIIT reports that 4G subscribers reached 302.4mn in Q315, a 157% growth over the 9-monthperiod ended September 2015. Subscriber numbers released by individual operators show that marketleader China Mobile leads the race with a 81.9% share of the 4G market, whilst China Unicom and ChinaTelecom have shares of 3.6% and 14.5% respectively. We believe 3G/ 4G subscribers will reach772.45mn by end-2015 and rise to 1.09bn by 2019.
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