China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced in the past few days that China has broken through the 1 billion mobile subscriptions barrier, with the operators having added more than 20 million lines between them during each of the first two months of the year. Of the more than one billion accounts, a total of 144 million used 3G technology — nearly double the figure for April 2011.
It does NOT mean there are 1 billion mobile users in China, explains Light Reading. It represents either the number of SIM cards sold, or lines activated, many of which were pre-paid and will now be unused.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) says India’s operators have activated more than 900 million lines in total by the end of January this year. About 660 million of those were active, leaving more than 240 million mobile connections inactive. (See Mobile Line Count Tops 900M).