In July 2014, total number of subscribers has exceeded 296 million in China Unicom’s mobile services business, with a monthly increase of 888 thousand new subscribers according to the released data from China Unicom for July.
In terms of fixed-line broadband, the number of subscribers reached 67.798 million with 378 thousand new subscribers while the number of local telephone subscribers was 85.44 million with a decrease of 631 thousand according to data from China Unicom.
By June 2014, the number of 4G subscribers in China had exceeded 13.97 million according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). China Mobile took advantage of 4G trend and gained 5.834 million new 4G subscribers and to a total number of 13.943 million subscribers. China Mobile now has 99.8% of all the 4G subscribers in China.
China Mobile has 241 million 3G subscribers and 20.437 million 4G subscribers according to China Mobile’s official data.
At the end of last year, MIIT issued 4G license based on TD-LTE technology to the three telcos in China though China Unicom and China Telecom preferred FDD-LTE. In June, MIIT granted China Unicom and China Telecom with licenses with network compatible for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE.
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