China sees 3G subscriber growth

More Chinese customers signing up for 3G mobile services and this leads to mobile communications contributing over 70 percent to overall telecommunications industry's revenue so far, report says.

Customers signing up for 3G mobile services in China have jumped to 38.25 million in the first five months of this year.

According to a Xinhua report on Monday, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the figures for January to May, which also revealed that the country has added 54.47 million mobile phone users to the existing base during that timeframe.

The Chinese telecommunications industry grew 9.7 percent in year-on-year revenues to hit 428.07 billion yuan (US$67.95 billion) during this period, while revenues froms mobile communications saw an on-year upswing of 12.3 percent to 311.35 billion yuan to make up 72.73 percent of the overall industry's revenue, it stated.

A report in March projected that China was estimated to be close to hitting 1 billion mobile phone users but the country's 3G networks, which went online in 2009, accounted for only 135 million users.