All three of China’s mobile telcos have just released their May figures, and the huge mobile market has hit another significant milestone: It has surpassed 300 million 3G users.
China Mobile now has 129.40 million on its TD-SCDMA network despite it not supporting Apple’s iPhone or iPad for full 3G functionality, China Unicom is now up to 95.9 million on its 3G data plans and China Telecom has convinced 88 million to sign up for 3G. That’s a total of 309.5 million on 3G in China.
That’s well up from 175 million nearly a year ago at Q2 2012 (see graph below).
Here’s a summary of its growth from 2010 to these latest figures:
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It’s little wonder that 3G is growing so well, with an estimated 160 million active users of Android, and 80 million on iOS, at the end of last year. It’s anticipated that there will be 300 million active Android users in mainland China by the end of this year. Of course, many content themselves with just 2G connectivity.
I know what you’re thinking: When’s 4G coming to China? Leading network China Mobile could well be ready for a nationwide roll-out in October this year after performing many ongoing citywide trials for over a year.
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This article originally published at Tech in Asia here