According to a recent data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, as of the end of February, the total number of mobile phone users of the three basic telecommunications companies in China has about 1.58 billion users. This value is basically the same as the same period last year. Among them, the scale of 4G users (1.262 billion households) accounts for 79.9% of the total number of mobile phone users. This accounts for a 0.2% decline year-on-year.
As of the end of February, the total number of fixed Internet broadband access users of the three basic telecommunications companies hit 452 million. This is a net increase of 2.83 million from the end of the previous year. Among them, 420 million optical fiber access (FTTH / O) users account for 92.9% of the total number of fixed Internet broadband access users. Broadband users continue to migrate to high speeds. However, fixed Internet broadband access users with access rates of 100 Mbps and above reach 384 million. This accounts for 85% of the total number of users. Presently, there are 1.97 million fixed Internet broadband access users with access rates above 1000M.
With the massive popularization of 5G network, there are expectations that 4G users will continue to decline. Many of the 4G users will probably migrate to the faster 5G network. China with the likes of Huawei and ZTE are doing quite well in the development of 5G. There is a consistent increase in the number of 5G base stations. If the current pandemic ravaging the world does not continue, China will probably overtake early starters like South Korea in 5G application.