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Chinese operators add more than 10 million mobile customers in March

China Mobile added 4.13 million in March this year, which compares to a net loss of more than 7.2 million mobile customers in February. China Telecom added 6.15 million subscribers in March, compared to a loss of 5.60 million users in February. China Unicom added 321,000 mobile subscribers in March, which compares to a loss of nearly 6.60 million users in February this year.

China Mobile remains by far the largest operator, with 946.2 million customers, of which 751.9 million are 4G users. China Telecom ranks second on the local market with 336.5 million mobile customers, compared to 311 million at Unicom.

China Mobile is also biggest in the fixed broadband market, ending March with a total of 191.13 million users. In March, China Mobile added 2.53 million fixed broadband users, compared to 330,000 user additions in February. China Telecom saw its fixed broadband subscriber base slightly increase by 0.44 million in the month to 152.32 million, and Unicom added 544,000 for a total of 84.83 million fixed broadband subscribers.

On 1 November 2019, Chinese operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom announced the rollout of 5G mobile phone services to customers. The three operators started by offering 5G plans for CNY 128 per month. While the rollout of 4G in China took 46 months, 5G is expected to be available within ten months.

China Mobile, the biggest of the three operators, already has 10 million customers interested in 5G, who are the first to access the services at launch. China Mobile earlier announced plans to expand its 5G coverage to 340 additional cities in 2020, covering a population of 600-700 million people in 2020.


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