Recently, MIIT released a report on the telecommunications industry in China from January to May 2014. It shows that the total number of mobile internet users have reached 857 million which accounts for 68.2% of total mobile phone users (1.256 billion). Influenced by smartphone adoptions, the monthly average SMS sent has dropped to 40 per user.
Total number of 3G & 4G users in China has increased to 472 million, 37.6% of total mobile users.
MIIT pointed out that, mobile internet business such as Wechat and Weibo affected and is replacing traditional text messages (SMS) and MMS. Only 314.62 billion SMS were sent over the 5 months period. It fell 18.4% year-on-year. At the mean time, MMS business fell by 30.6% YoY, with 26 billion sent.