China - Major Telecom Operators - Overview and Statistics

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Last updated: 22 Dec 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 17

Analyst: Paul Budde


In 2008, government’s reforms created three integrated operators, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, reducing the number of main operators from six to three. The newly converged operators were to boost the China telecommunications market, particularly with the foreseen growth after 3G licences were finally awarded later in 2008. This report provides an overview of the three major operators in China’s telecommunications market, including financial and operational statistics, capital expenditure breakdown.

Key developments:

  • consistent revenue growth by all operators but varying levels of profitability;
  • value added services gain an increasing share of total revenue;
  • ARPU continues to decline;
  • 3G and 4G/LTE investments accelerate
  • China Mobile takes strong lead in 4G with launch and rapid expansion of TD-LTE;
  • China Mobile’s wireless data traffic increased 94% in the 12 months to June 2014
  • China Tower JV offers opportunity for extensive infrastructure sharing.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom; China Tower.

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