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China Recovering the Downfall in Mobile Market: 250 Million 4G Subscribers Till Date and Still Counting

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Published on : Aug 26, 2015

One of the missions of the Modi Government is to spread the usage of internet throughout the country. Introduction of 4G in India was one of the steps to promote internet usage and develop the telecommunication and wireless sector further. 4G technology was introduced in December 2013 in India. Since the launch of 4G network, i.e. in just 20 months, the number of subscribers in China, till date, has crossed 250 million.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology MIIT, an agency of Chinese government, released data regarding the growth of Chinese subscribers for 4G network since its launch. According to the survey done by reporters in China, around 20% of the market penetration was accounted by China. Considering the accountability of 3G network, around 695 million subscribers, out of 1.29 billion subscribers, use high end and high speed mobile broadband. In other words, around 54% of the total subscribers use 3G/4G. 

In 2014, the number of 4G subscribers in the United States was around 100 million, which is nearly 40% of the total mobile users. Along with the increase in the 4G subscribers, there has been an increase in the data usage as well, during the same period. There was 85% growth in the usage of mobile data. On an average, around 330MB of mobile data was used by every single subscriber in China, in 2014. 

Due to the constant increase in the number of 4G subscribers, the telecommunication and wireless giants in China such as China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom made big business in the first half of 2015. A combined amount of $11.8 billion was recorded. Considering the success and the rate at which 4G subscribers are increasing, the International Telecommunication Union in China has planned to develop the next technology, 5G, to meet the changing technology trends in the country.  

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