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This is an update of China's telecoms market, covering fixed broadband, mobile market, and TV trends. It includes service provider performance, multiplay services and bundling, fixed broadband pricing, mobile data pricing, regulation changes, and operator initiatives.


  • With the government putting emphasis on an “Internet+” strategy, there might be more policies to enhance mobile-internet-related business. However, the regulator's strategy of speed upgrades and tariff reductions is putting pressure on the major operators’ revenue growth.
  • The mobile market has been in the process of 4G migration since MIIT awarded 4G licenses in December 2013. 4G subscriptions now account for more than half of total users. LTE-Advanced is the technology that all operators are working on at the moment.
  • FTTx adoption is growing quickly. FTTx subscriptions now account for 90% of total fixed broadband users. China Mobile saw the largest year-on-year growth. In acquiring Tietong in November, it quickly expanded its market share.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the challenges and opportunities of China's telecoms players.
  • Evaluate the potential of new players in areas such as MVNO and OTT.
  • Compare the three major operators' performance in the past year.

Key questions answered

  • What is set to drive the growth of the telecoms industry in the near future?
  • What initiatives have operators undertaken in the past year?
  • What threats are the big operators facing now?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: China Update, November 2016

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