Region: Asia Pacific
Tags: Wireless Intelligence China Mobile China Unicom China Telecom
China – the world’s largest mobile market – hit 853 million subscribers last month, according to figures released from the country’s three major operators. The largest, China Mobile, saw its total mobile subscriber base rise to about 589.3 million in January, including 22.6 million 3G subscribers. Number two China Unicom increased to 169.7 million for the month, including 15.5 million 3G subscribers. China Telecom’s customer base rose to about 94.1 million, including 13.6 million 3G subscribers. Analyst firm Wireless Intelligence forecasts that China will hit the 1 billion connection milestone in the second quarter of 2012. This period will also see number two market India hit the same target, as India is growing faster than China.” —China hits 853M subs, to surpass 1B next year - GSMA Mobile Business Briefing
Mobile Phone Unit Gains
Profit in the mobile phone unit rose 46 percent to 314.5 billion yen in the nine months ended Dec. 31 as revenue grew 15 percent to 1.46 trillion yen, the company said. Softbank bolstered average revenue per user to 4,310 yen in the period from 4,200 a year earlier, helped by increased data traffic from iPhone users, it said.
Softbank added 925,700 net new mobile phone users in the three months ended Dec. 31, beating DoCoMo’s 315,400 new subscribers, according to separate filings by the carriers. KDDI added 236,100 new customers in the period.
Net income in the quarter more than doubled to 65.5 billion yen, from 24.1 billion yen a year earlier, Softbank said. Operating profit increased 23 percent to 166.6 billion yen in the quarter as revenue climbed 13 percent to 784.9 billion yen, it said.” —Softbank Raises Full Year Profit Forecast 20% on iPhone Demand in Japan - Bloomberg