China’s August Mobile Phone Service Subscribers

Following is a table for China’s phone service subscribers in August released by the Beijing-based Ministry of Information Industry.

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                     Aug.    July    June     May   April   March   Feb.    Jan.
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011   2011    2011
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                  ---------------- New Subscribers (Million) -------------------
Mobile              10.25    9.30   10.39    9.76   10.12   11.44   9.11   10.72
Fixed-line          -0.66   -0.69   -0.54   -0.77   -1.28   -0.74  -0.94    0.02
Broadband            3.14    1.67    3.28    2.62    2.23    3.68   1.93    1.74
                  ------------ Cumulative Subscribers (Million) ----------------
Mobile             940.09  929.84  920.54  910.15  900.39  890.27 878.83  869.72
Fixed-line         288.80  289.45  290.14  290.68  291.45  292.73 293.47  294.40
Broadband          146.62  143.48  141.82  138.54  135.92  133.69 130.00  128.07

Mobile phone     
 penetration rate   68.8%   68.8%   68.8%   64.4%   64.4%   64.4%  64.4%   64.4%
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                     Aug.    July    June     May   April   March   Feb.    Jan.
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011   2011    2011
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                  ---------------- Cumulative Number (Billion) -----------------
Text messages      575.02  501.73  428.42  355.37  284.64  216.11 145.48   69.12
                  -------------------------- YoY% ------------------------------
Mobile              14.2%   14.2%   14.3%   14.4%   14.5%   14.6%  14.7%   15.0%
Fixed-line          -4.5%   -4.7%   -4.8%   -5.0%   -5.2%   -5.2%  -5.4%   -5.6%
Broadband           23.4%   22.7%   23.2%   22.6%   22.4%   22.3%  21.7%   21.8%
Text messages        5.5%    5.6%    5.7%    5.6%    5.3%    5.1%   5.7%    3.9%
                  ---------------- Year-to-date (Billion yuan) -----------------
Telecoms revenue   647.73  559.46  474.07  390.70  308.36  227.23 144.37   72.71
 YoY%               10.1%   10.1%   10.1%    9.6%    9.4%    9.4%   9.3%    9.7%
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Note: New subscriber figures are calculated by Bloomberg by subtracting

the cumulative subscriber figure of the current month from the

prior month. Year-on-year figures are also calculated by Bloomberg.

Source: China Ministry of Information Industry

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