China had 38.64 million subscribers of 3G mobile communication services as of the end of October this year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The figure reflects an increase of just under 200% from the same period last year.
First, a definition of 3G as it applies to mobile phones. It is the common term used to describe third-generation mobile phone services which give users a greater range of communications options, including access to internet content and email as well as video.
It supports, where it exists, high-speed data transmission of 144Kbps and higher. So it is a faster, more versatile mobile phone. Indeed, the smart phone.
Digitimes reports the numbers were 43.94% for China Mobile using TD-SCDMA, which is the China standard which has surprised everyone with its success; 30.18% WCDMA subscribers for China United Telecommunications; and 25.88% CDMA 2000 users for China Telecom.