iPhone sales drive 3G for Unicom

20 Jan 2012

China’s second largest cellco by subscribers, China Unicom has released operational information for December 2011, showing 3.485 million net additions of 3G subscribers for that month alone. Unicom’s 3G subscribers rose by 32.5% quarter-on-quarter from 30.230 million at end-September 2011, to 40.019 million by December 2011. Unicom’s success has been attributed to the popularity of Apple’s iPhone, which is only available through Unicom. Such was the popularity of the US-based company’s newest device, the iPhone 4S, that Apple’s own stores in China have stopped selling the handset after scuffles broke out among the large crowds gathered to await the store’s opening. Meanwhile, the final quarter of 2011 saw the telco’s 2G subscribers increase by just 0.5% to 159.641 million. In the fixed sector too, Unicom’s growth has been limited, with broadband subscribers increasing by 2.0% q-o-q to 55.651 million.

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