Chinese mobile to outstrip fixed lines in a year
Whopping rises continue
The number of mobile phone users in China hit 176m in June, the Ministry of Information Industry said this week. This represented an additional 31.35 million users hooking up in the first half of this year, the Xinhua news agency reported. By comparison, the number of fixed line subscribers was 198 million, up 19.9 million. While 30.2% of the population has a fixed line connection, 13.86% have wireless connections. The number of wireless subscribers will outstrip fixed line users by next May or June, if the sectors continue to grow at the current rates. According to the MII, sales in the mobile sector totaled $22.31bn in the first half, up 16% on the previous year.