China added nearly 69 million new mobile phone subscribers in the first eight months of 2008, bringing the total number of users there to just over 616 million, or 45.6% of China’s population.
During those eight months, Chinese sent and received 459.2 billion text messages via mobile phones, an increase of 21.3% compared to the same period last year. China now has about 354 million fixed-line subscribers, or 27% of the population, down almost 12 million from the end of 2007.
By the end of August, China had 79.35 million broadband internet users, with 12.93 million new broadband users signing on between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31. Guangdong ranks first among China’s provinces by telecom service revenue, followed by Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.