Subscriber growth slows, but only slightly

20 May 2004

China Mobile (Hong Kong) said yesterday that it added 3.015 million new GSM subscribers in April, slightly down on the record 3.097 million added in March, to take its total to 153.3 million. China’s largest mobile operator cited the introduction of a pre-paid regional service targeting low-end users as the main driver to its recent impressive growth.

Meanwhile, the country’s second largest mobile service provider China Unicom has said that it signed up 680,000 new subscribers to its CDMA service in April, down from 742,000 in March, and 1.08 million new GSM customers, down from 1.15 million. The operator said most of the growth was registered in post-paid connections. At the end of April Unicom had 22.3 million CDMA users and 76.74 million GSM customers.