The world’s largest mobile operator China Mobile added 20.45 million 4G connections in August, taking its LTE user base to 229.3 million or 28 per cent of its 820 million connections.
The operator, with a 63 per cent share of the mobile market, picked up 19.15 million 4G connections in July, according to a recent stock market filing. After adding nearly 100 million 4G connections in H1, its share of the country’s 4G market rose to almost 80 per cent.
China Mobile said in June it aims to have 300 million 4G connections by the end of the year.
Rivals China Telecom and China Unicom both report combined 3G and 4G figures on their websites, making comparison difficult. China Unicom, with a user base of 288 million, added 4.8 million 3G/4G connections in August, while China Telecom picked up 1.8 million. It has 193 million total connections.
In H1 China Telecom added 22 million 4G connections, taking its total to 29 million, while China Unicom had 21.6 million, after picking up 17.5 million during the period, according to GSMA Intelligence.