Cellcos report slow start to 3G

24 Jul 2009

In its most recent quarterly report, China Mobile has acknowledged that its subscribers have been slow to take up 3G services using its newly installed TD-SCDMA network. According to the Shanghai Securities News, at the beginning of the year China Mobile was forecasting ten million 3G subscribers, but because of the slow start has revised this figure to just three million. The company is supposedly struggling with the immature nature of the homegrown standard and a lack of compatible equipment, especially netbooks which are seen as a vital ingredient in attracting new customers. At the end of June the company had 957,000 3G customers.

Meanwhile, China Telecom, which operates a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network based on the kit it acquired from China Unicom earlier this year, had signed up 100,000 customers at mid-year, a long way short of the ten million it had supposedly set as its goal for the end of the year. China Unicom itself had signed up 47,000 W-CDMA subscribers at the end of June and has set itself the target of 200,000 by the end of October.