China’s Telecommunications industry has developed from almost nowhere to become the biggest telephone country in the world in a period of 60 years.
There were only 310,000 telephones in China in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was founded, with the penetration rate standing at merely 0.05 per cent.
Then China’s telephone subscribers reached 10 million in 1992, which jumped to 50 million in 1996, and then exceeded 100 million three years after that. The figure jumped to more than 200 million in 2002 and then by 2008 to 300 million.
According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII), the country had 54.88 million new phone subscribers in January-August of 2009, bringing the total number up to 1,036.49 million (that is both subscribers of mobile and fixed phones). That is a billion people connected
Meanwhile, in keeping with a world wide trend, the number of China’s fixed phone users decreased 1.96 million to 325.98 million in August and that is a steady pattern. Future generations will ask: "Daddy, did you really have telpehones that were tied to the wall?"
TMCNews reports the number of mobile phone subscribers respectively increased 7.85 million and 69.26 million in August and in the first eight months of 2009. At the moment it is 710.50 million. Using a Fermi equation it is a reasonable guess that the billion mobile mark will be met before 2013. Maybe earlier.