Mobile base to top 440 million in 2006

19 Dec 2005

China’s official Xinhua news agency says the number of people with mobile phones in the country will reach 440 million in 2006. According to Yang Qing, an official from the China Academy of Telecommunications Research under the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), the number of mobile phone users grew by 4.79 million a month in the first nine months of the year, and China had a total of 383 million cellular users by 31 October. Yang added that fixed line growth also continues to rise, with the country reporting 348 million fixed line users at the same date – a figure that is expected to rise to 380 million in 2006.