China has seen its 4G-user base growing at a frantic pace since the launch of 4G networks back in December 2013.

The country has now recorded more than 250 million 4G subscribers by the end of July 2015, accounting for 19.4% of the total 1.29 billion mobile users, according to a report released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

As the Chinese telecom market nears saturation, China’s mobile subscriber growth has slowed dramatically with only 8.5 million newly added subscribers in the first seven months of 2015, a growth size only a quarter for that of the same period of last year.

Despite the stagnating growth, China’s increasingly tech-savvy mobile users are moving towards faster mobile networks with more steady connections. The MIIT report shows that China’s mobile broadband users (3G and 4G subscribers) have increased by 110 million during the reporting period to 695 million, up 8.4% from the end of last year to account for 53.7% of the total mobile users.


China’s mobile users are also clearly phasing out the 3G era. 3G users reduced by 4.36 million in July alone, the reports noted.

Thanks to the increase of users and reduction of 4G service fees, China’s mobile subscribers are becoming voracious users for mobile data services. An average 330.9 MB of data services were consumed every month, up 85.1% YOY.

As of the end of June this year, China has constructed a combined 1.23 million 4G base stations around the country.

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Emma Lee (Li Xin) was TechNode's e-commerce and new retail reporter until June 2022, when she moved to Sixth Tone to cover technology and consumption. Get in touch with her via or Twitter.

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