China Mobile just added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and about one million of them are iPhone users, reports The Wall Street Journal.
“We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities,” China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua told the Journal.
China Mobile plans to sell 100 million 4G devices and have 50 million 4G users by the end of the year, following the January launch of Apple’s iPhone on its network.
China is also the world’s biggest smartphone market with more than 500 million mobile Internet users.
China Mobile’s 776 million users made up 62 percent of China’s 1.25 billion subscribers in February, but only 28 percent of these are signed up to more lucrative 3G contracts, by far the lowest proportion of China’s three carriers.