China’s mobile phone users rise to 574 mn

April 26th, 2008 - 1:28 am ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 25 (Xinhua) The number of mobile phone subscribers in China has risen to 574 million by March as more fixed-line users switched to mobile services on lower rates, according to the ministry of industry and information. The number was 27.3 million more than it was at the end of last year, the ministry said.

The nation’s fixed-line operators lost 4.4 million subscribers in the first quarter, reducing the total fixed-line users to 361 million by the end of last month.

China’s mobile phones users sent 174.9 billion text messages in the first quarter, up 28.8 percent from the same period last year.

The telecom industry reported revenue of 194.1 billion yuan ($27.7 billion ), 10.8 percent higher than a year ago.

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