China - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
China has built an extensive mobile infrastructure that now supports the largest subscriber base in the world. Predominantly using 2G architecture, the market was transformed in 2008 when the government intervened and created three major full service operators and issued the long awaited 3G licences. The ruling that all three operators use different 3G standards put pressure on China Mobile to succeed with the locally developed TD-SCDMA technology. By 2014 China Mobile had moved boldly forward with TD-LTE to grab the advantage in the 4G market. This report provides detailed statistics and insights into the mobile market in China by operator and technology. Forecasts are given for the total mobile subscriber base and 3G subscribers to 2018.
continued strong mobile growth with close to 1.3 billion subscribers by end-2014; 3G subscribers accounting for 40% of the mobile subscriber base by end-2014; China Mobile establishes strong lead in 4G market with its rapid roll-out of TD-LTE; Its network made up of more than 500,000 base stations by end-2014; China Telecom and China Unicom started hybrid FD-LTE/TD-LTE network trials in June 2014; SMS volume dropping sharply; 33 MVNO licences issued by the MIIT over a 12 month period starting December 2013; ZTE has successfully completed pre-commercial field testing of pre-5G with China Mobile.