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Telecommunications Report China 1st Quarter

  • ID: 4496955
  • Report
  • March 2019
  • Region: China
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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China is home to the world's largest mobile market, as well as the biggest market for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), there were 1.6bn mobile subscribers at the end of 2018, of which 1.2bn were 4G users. The Economist Intelligence Unit estimates that there will be more than 1.9bn mobile subscribers by 2023, rising at an average annual rate of 3.5% in the forecast period (2019-23). According to media reports, the government is considering the merger of the second- and third-largest mobile operators, China Unicom and China Telecom respectively, to provide impetus for the development of 5G mobile services in China.

Although fixed-line penetration is highly variable across cities in China, usage of fixed-line services on a long-term downward trend. However, take-up of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls will rise. This will boost fixed-line subscriptions, which are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 10.3% in 2019-23. Meanwhile, internet user penetration will rise at an average annual rate of 3.4% in 2019-23.

China's leading telecoms equipment maker, Huawei, continues to face hurdles in the US market, where lawmakers have encouraged companies to block use of the company's hardware in telecoms infrastructure. Australia, Japan and New Zealand have meanwhile enacted bans on the use of Huawei's 5G network hardware. Huawei's CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested by Canadian authorities in November 2018.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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Telecommunications Report China 1st Quarter

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