The number of mobile phone subscribers in China reached 376
million at the end of September this year, according to a forum on
mobile telecommunications industry held recently in Shanghai.
At the end of 2004, there were 25.7 mobile phones for every 100
Chinese, which exceeded the world's average figure, statistics
released at the 2005 China Mobile Telecommunications Terminal
Development Forum showed.
It was predicted that the number of mobile phone subscribers in
China would top 380 million by the end of this year, and rise to
520 million by 2008 and 600 million by 2010.
China has also seen fast income growth in the mobile
telecommunications market, with annual revenue from market
operation services reaching 250 billion yuan (US$30.86 billion), a
year-on-year increase of more than 20 percent. Mobile phone sales
reached 100 billion yuan (US$12.35 billion), an increase of 30
percent over the previous year.
It is estimated that the mobile telecommunications market will
contribute 500 billion yuan (US$61.73 billion) to China's total GDP
for 2005, or eight percent to 10 percent of the national total.
Experts attending the forum said that there is still huge
potential for the development of China's mobile telecommunications
market, especially in small and medium-sized cities and the vast
(Xinhua News Agency November 7, 2005)