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China's mobile phone users touch 1.22 billion

November 21, 2013 20:47 IST

China on Thursday said the number of mobile phone users in the country have hit a record 1.22 billion at the end of October, making it the largest base for cellphones.

Among them, 67.19 per cent or 817 million mobile phone users are connected to the Internet and 34.5 per cent of them are 3G users, making China the largest base for mobile phones.

In contrast, fixed lines are decreasing, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.

The number of fixed line users shrank by 8.82 million in the first ten months to 269 million at the end of October, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The mobile phone users account for 81.9 per cent of phone users and fixed line users 18.1 per cent.

Guangdong, Henan and Sichuan provinces reported the most mobile phone user growth in the first ten months.

The number of Chinese mobile phone users hit 1.11 billion at the end of 2012. 

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