China is known for having the biggest population in the world and its citizens do love their mobile technologies. Or at least, that’s what a new report coming from Wireless Intelligence and reported by GigaOm seems to be saying. According to this information, China is close to reaching 1 billion mobile connections. All this exponential growth seems to be duet o the staggering popularity of the 3G technology, in which 25% of the subscribers are interested.
Looking back from 2010 and comparing numbers now, mobile connections in China grew with about 17%. The biggest Chinese carriers are China Mobile, China Unicorn and China Telecom, but until now only China Unicorn provides costumers with the iPhone. China has been one of those regions where the iPhone was reluctantly accepted by the government. But recent events apparently speed up the process of integration. At the moment 80% of new connections in the country subscribe to 3G.
Even if the largest carrier remains China Mobile with 648.7 million connections, it does not currently support 3G and according to the Wireless Intelligence report probably has a couple of millions of iPhone running on 2G network instead. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook has been aware of the incredible potential of the Chinese market and he commented optimistically on the subject, sometimes last fall.