We keep harping on about the Chinese mobile boom, but with almost one fifth of the world’s population, well, it’s just bloody logical, alright?
Some official end-of-year figures put Chinese mobile users at an astounding 1.286 billion. Let’s take a moment to digest that inconceivably large figure; imagine they all jumped at the same time... Ready to continue? More below.
The figures are relayed by DigiTimes, and while we’d usually be lining up a few lines of salt when perusing said publication, it does credit China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Fair enough.
The 1.286 billion figure accounts for a massive 94.5% of China’s population, though we expect some people in there have more than one subscription.
That end-of-year figure represents a modest 0.4% month-on-month growth from November 2014, and a more impressive 4.64% year-on-year.
Of those 1.286 billion, 875.22 million (68.05%) were mobile internet users, accounting for 240,958Tb of traffic in December, while 65.15 billion text messages in Month 12 equates to an average of 1.64 per phone number per day.
Chinese smartphone makers continue their inexorable (there’s that word again) rise, frequently offering top-tier specs at wallet-friendly price points.
Xiaomi in particular has become a major talking point, sitting in third place globally behind only Apple and Samsung, despite focusing exclusively on China and the surrounding areas.
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