HONG KONG, May 20 China, the world's largest
mobile phone market by subscribers, posted a 0.27 percent
monthly increase in the number of mobile subscribers to about
1.26 billion in April, data from the country's three
telecommunications operators showed.
China Telecom attributed the decrease of mobile subscribers
to increasing competition driven by the launch of LTE services
by other carriers.
Following is the breakdown of mobile subscriber statistics
for April provided by the three carriers:
China Mobile China Unicom China Telecom
of users 784.61 290.59 182.17
-net addition 3.53 0.90 -1.03
-m/m growth (pct) 0.45 0.31 -0.56
of users 231.98 *134.41 104.97
-net addition 7.00 2.11 0.83
-m/m growth (pct) 3.11 1.59 0.80
of users 4.80 N/A N/A
-net addition 2.01 N/A N/A
-m/m growth (pct) 71.79 N/A N/A
Note: All numbers are in millions, otherwise stated.
(Source: Companies, Reuters calculation)
*: China Unicom's figure includes 3G and 4G LTE subscribers
combined. There is no breakdown for 4G.
(Reporting by Christina Lo; Editing by Lee Chyen Yee)