China Watch Blog has learnt that the number of Chinese mobile phone users has exceeded 1 billion as of the end of February.
According to a statement posted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its website, the total number of mobile phone users increased by 20.67 million during the first two months this year to hit a record high of 1.01 billion.
The number of 3G mobile phone users rose by 15.5 million in the first two months to reach 143.92 million, the statement said.
During the same period, the number of landphone users dropped by 828,000 to 284.29 million users.
The number of Internet users with broadband access totaled 154.96 million as of the end of February, with a net increase of 4.96 million during the first two months, according to the statement as reported by China Daily.