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China Mobile to Have 100 Million 3G Subscribers in 2011

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China Mobile aims to have 100 million TD SCDMA users in the next three years, with the figure reaching 10 million this year, according to company executives and government officials. Lu Dongfeng, vice president of Datang Telecom Technology, a provider of TD SCDMA products, said at an industry forum in Chongqing that China plans to have 100 million TD SCDMA users by the end of 2011.

The 100 million figure is nearly double the previously accepted projection that sales would reach 51 million in 2011.

Lou Qinjian, vice-minister of industry and information technology, had earlier told the official China Daily news agency that TD-SCDMA subscribers in China are expected to reach 10 million this year as China Mobile launches a TD-SCDMA service in 38 cities.

According to official statistics, China had 641 million mobile phone users by the end of last year. China Mobile said earlier that it planned to invest 58.8 billion yuan (USD8.6 billion) this year in developing TD-SCDMA, the country's homegrown 3G standard. The company aims to deploy some 60,000 base stations in 238 cities this year.

In an announcement last December, it was confirmed that the Hong Kong listed, China Mobile Ltd had agreed to lease the TD-SCDMA network being built by its parent company, China Mobile Communications (CMCC) and will pay a maximum of RMB1 billion (USD146 million) during 2009. Chinese state owned, China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) is the ultimate controlling shareholder of Hong Kong listed China Mobile, holding indirectly approximately 74.25% of the total issued and outstanding share capital of the Company.

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