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Number of Chinese Telephone Users Reached 1.3 Billion

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology disclosed that, by the end of March 2012, the number of Chinese telephone consumers had reached 1.3 billion, which included 1.02 billion mobile phone users. Among the mobile phone users, there were 150 million 3G users and 40 percent of those were 3G TD users. 3G TD is the China developed 3G interface. The statistics also showed that there were 157 million Chinese broadband users and 670 million mobile Internet users. The total first quarter revenue for the telecommunications industry was 250 billion yuan, up by 10.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2011, while the overall price was down 6.1 percent.

Source: Xinhua, April 20, 2012