Data traffic in China grows by 148%

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Natalie Bannerman
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology finds that mobile data traffic in China has risen by 148% over the last 10 months

According to figures by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China, mobile data traffic in the country has risen by an astounding 148% year-on-year.

In the period 1 January to 31 October, traffic grew to an average of 2.25GB per subscriber a month, while total mobile call minutes fell 4.5% year-on-year says C114.net.

The number of SMS fell by 1.3% to 554 billion, while SMS revenue fell 4.2 per cent to CNY29.6 billion ($4.46 billion) as a result.

Further figures from MIIT show that China recorded an additional 1.403 billion subscribers to mobile communication services as of October 2017. Showing an increase of 0.64% month-on-month and 6.49% year-on-year. Of that, 139.63 million (9.95%) of them are 3G users, 961.86 million (68.54%) are 4G users and 1.243 billion (88.60%) are mobile Internet-access users.

As for fixed telephone service users in China, there were 196.18 million subscribers as of October 2017 decreasing 0.62% month-on-month and 7.95% year-on-year.

For the same period mobile communication subscribers in China sent 52.84 billion messages, which is equivalent to an average of 1.22 messages per phone number daily, and mobile access to the Internet resulted in total traffic of 2,791,556Tb.

Recently China’s three biggest mobile operators, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, reported their October subscriber numbers for which 4G accounted for 69% of the total in the month. The three had a total of 967 million 4G subscribers at end-October after adding 18.4 million new LTE customers in the month, stated Mobile World Live.

Earlier this month, China Telecom partnered with Guangzhou Research Institute and Huawei to trial 400Gbps Ethernet (400GE) port functions for short and long-range technologies. The results of the tests which the company claims is a “first of its kind”, showed the verification of 400GE port functions such as line-speed forwarding, multi-service stacking, and fault reporting.