Chinese telcos add 34.3 million 5G subscribers in November


China Mobile has added a total of 208.6 million subscribers in the 5G segment since the beginning of the year

Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 34.33 million 5G subscribers in November, according to the operators’ latest available statistics.

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 23.88 million 5G subscribers during November. The carrier said it ended last month with 595.4 million 5G subscribers.

China Mobile has added a total of 208.6 million subscribers in the 5G segment since the beginning of the year.

China Mobile’s overall mobile subscriber base at the end of November amounted to 974.8 million, after a net addition of 1.4 million subscribers during the month. During the first eleven months of the year, China Mobile added a total of 17.8 million.

Meanwhile, China Telecom added 6.02 million 5G subscribers last month to take its total 5G subscribers base to 262.9 million. Since the beginning of the year, the telco has added a total of 75.14 million 5G subscribers.

China Telecom’s overall mobile base amounted to 391.08 million subscribers at the end of November, after adding 600,000 customers during the month.

Rival operator China Unicom said it added a total of 4.45 million 5G subscribers during last month. The carrier ended November with 209.4 million 5G subscribers.

According to recent press reports, China Unicom has obtained approval from the MIIT to re-farm its 904-915 MHz and 949-960 MHz frequencies, currently used for 2G, 3G and 4G. The carrier said it will use the 900 MHz spectrum to expand 5G coverage in rural China and to expand 5G in industrial settings.

Meanwhile China Broadnet, the country’s newest telecom carrier, recently reached nationwide coverage with its 5G network. China Broadnet had officially launched 5G services in June.

The operator already supplies cable services and became the country’s fourth operator when formally inaugurated in 2020, having previously acquired a license for commercial 5G services in 2019. The carrier was initially known as China Broadcasting Network before rebranding earlier this year.

According to previous reports, China Broadnet will use 5G infrastructure owned by China Mobile. Last year, China Broadnet and China Mobile said they aim to initially deploy 400,000 5G base stations as part of the companies’ efforts to launch a shared 5G network.

China ended September with a total of 2.22 million 5G base stations across the country, according to recent press reports. The figure represents a net increase of 795,000 5G base stations from the end of 2021.


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