China - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

China - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

China's mobile market is moving into a new stage characterised by low subscriber and profit growth. This is reflected in the slower growth in China's overall subscriber base and falling margins as China's three big operators resort to price competition to grow the number of subscribers or to respond to competitive threats.By early 2020 the number of mobile subscribers had broached 1.58 billion. Growth in the number of subscribers is expected to be relatively slower in coming years due to a saturated and mature market. Market penetration is predicted to reach 134% by 2024.The MIIT has awarded commercial 5G licences to the country's three mobile network operators (MNOs) China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, which all launched commercial services in November 2019.Mobile broadband has seen very strong growth in China over the past five years. Proliferation of LTE and improving affordability of smartphones is driving growth both in mobile broadband subscribers as well as the amount of traffic used per subscriber. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and improving tariffs due to strong competition.China has emerged as one of the most aggressive countries promoting 5G and is predicted to be one of the top four of markets that will drive the growth of 5G in Asia and is projected to become the world's largest 5G market by 2025.The major Chinese internet companies will lead the way introducing advanced consumer services based on 4K and 8K videos, as well as augmented and virtual reality technologies, on the new 5G networks. Other drivers for 5G in China include smart city initiatives that make use of artificial intelligence for public safety, traffic management and disaster management.

Key Developments

:China projected to become the worlds largest 5G market by 2025;Regulator issues three new licences to encourage sharing spectrum for 5G indoor coverage;China Mobile reporting having over 32 million 5G subscribers;COVID-19 pandemic stimulates use of 5G-enabled hardware;Report update includes operators data to March 2020, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom


  • Synopsis
  • Market overview and analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 – 2025
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Regulatory issues
    • LICENSING
      • 5G
      • LTE TDD
      • LTE FDD
      • MVNO licences
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
    • VAT INTRODUCTION
    • ROAMING CHARGES
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
      • 5G case studies
      • China Mobile
      • China Unicom
      • China Telecom
      • China Broadcasting Network (CBN)
    • 4G/LTE
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
      • Small Cell Technology
  • Major mobile operators
    • OPERATORS
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile subscribers by operator - 2009 – 2020
      • Table Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator - 2009 – 2020
      • Table Annual growth in mobile subscriber base by operator - 2010 – 2019
    • CHINA MOBILE
      • Table Development of China Mobile's financial data - 2009 – 2019
      • Table Development of China Mobile's annualised ARPU - 2008 – 2019
      • Table Growth in the number of China Mobile's mobile subscribers - 2008 – 2020
    • CHINA TELECOM
      • Table Growth in the number of China Telecom's mobile subscribers by type - 2008 – 2020
    • CHINA UNICOM
      • Table Growth in the number of China Unicom's mobile subscribers - 2014 – 2020
      • Table Development of China Unicom's mobile ARPU - 2008 – 2019
    • MVNOS
      • Table Development of MVNO's market share of subscribers - 2014 – 2018
  • Mobile content and applications
    • RICH COMMUNICATION SERVICES (RCS)
    • MOBILE GAMING
    • M-COMMERCE
    • M-BANKING (PAYMENTS/LOANS)
  • Appendix - Historic data
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and annual change - 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historic - China Telecom mobile ARPU - 2008 – 2017
    • Table Historic - China Unicom 2G and 3G/4G subscribers - 2002 – 2015
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