China Mobile subscriptions hit 80 million

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has reported that it had 80 million subscribers to its mobile phone services and 40 million mobile data...

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has reported that it had 80 million subscribers to its mobile phone services and 40 million mobile data subscribers by the end of June.

The figures mean the company has maintained double-digit increases in revenue, profit and subscriber numbers.

Revenue for the first six months of 2002 reached 55.2bn renminbi (£4.3bn), 13% higher than for the same period a year-ago. Net profit reached 15.2bn renminbi (£1.2bn), up 10% over the first six months of 2001. Subscriber numbers have risen 15.4% from 69.6 million at the beginning of 2002, and 36% from one year ago.

If subscribers from eight state-owned provincial operators, bought by China Mobile in July, are included in the figures, China Mobile's subscriber base would be around 105 million.

The fastest growth experienced by China Mobile has been in mobile data services, which the company hopes will reverse a steady decline in ARPU (average revenue per user). The number of mobile data subscribers has almost doubled in the past six months from 21.3 million at the end of 2001 to 40 million at the end of June, the company said.

The company offers a service called Monternet, built on its GPRS infrastructure, with which it hopes to emulate the success of NTT DoCoMo's I-mode service in Japan.

Vodafone Group holds a 3.27% stake in China Mobile and has stated it would like to increase that stake to 15 or 20%.

Research company BDA China estimates there will be a total of 200 million mobile subscribers in China by the end of this year. That represents an overall market penetration of 15%, well below the rate in many developed nations. However China's mobile operators need to find new ways to attract subscribers from outside the main urban centres, BDA said in June.

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