The number of telephone users in China is edging increasingly closer to 1 billion and it should happen within the next few months. This even though the number of landline subscribers is falling.
Official figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show 960 million telephone users in China at the end of July, 608 million of which are mobile phone subscribers.
45.6% of the Chinese population now owns a mobile phone.
This is an average growth rate of 8.7 million per month. So five months should see the one billion mark reached.
Over 290 million mobile phone users are in the more developed Eastern region of China.
In July, 57.76 billion text messages were sent in China, an average of 3.08 messages per phone number per day. (This pales into insignificance compared to, say,the Phillipines where the average cellular phone user sends 15 text messages a day.)
Text messaging was reported to have addictive tendencies by the Global Messaging Survey by Nokia in 2001 and was confirmed to be addictive by the study at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in 2004.
Since then the study at the Queensland University of Australia has found that text messaging is the most addictive digital service on mobile or internet, and is equivalent in addictiveness to cigarette smoking.
Fixed-line subscribers fell 10.6 million in the first seven months of this year, with a total of 355 million at the end of July. There appears to be no addiction there.
Sources: The Telecom and Latest News
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