China reports 200 million 4G customers, India may acquire 15 million 4G subscribers by 2015: Report

By the time Indians began murmuring about the 4G revolution across the nation, China has already crossed 200 million 4G customers. China Mobile, Chinese state-owned telecommunications company announced at the recent Mobile World Congress that 4G subscribers in China crossed 200 millionth customer.


The growth is so massive that by June end, China Mobile reported only 190 million customers and by July 14 (in 14 days), it managed to add the rest of the 10 million customers.

China Mobile began 4G only 14 months ago, and by February 2015, it acquired 100 million subscribers for 4G. 250 million users was its set target of 4G customers by the end of the year.

China already had half a billion 3G customers, who began shifting to 4G which has similar pricing plans like that of 3G. Also, the availability of 4G smartphones for cheaper rates encouraged the growth.

Another interesting factor is that the 200 million 4G customers constitute only 25 percent of the nation, which means 75 percent population are still potential customers of 4G. For this massive growth, the government has already installed 9,00,000 4G nodes across China, which implies 40 percent of nodes on earth belong to China.

Hand-in-hand, the research for 5G is aggressively progressing in the country.

A comparison with India

According to a recent survey published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), India will have 15 million 4G subscribers by 2015 end, much lower when compared to China. Competitive pricing, affordable smartphone, quality networks are the reasons cited for this estimated growth.

PwC added that multiple players will launch 4G on 1800 spectrum. Reliance Jio is launching 4G on both TD-LTE and FD-LTE early next year. Bharati Airtel, on the other hand, launched 4G in selected cities using TD-LTE. 4G on FD-LTE from Airtel can be expected next year.

Uninor and Aircel are the other players who have announced the plans. India may show an increase on Wi-Fi hotspots due to Digital India initiative.

Another study released by Ericsson predicted 100 million 4G customer by 2020. But, the study said that 3G will remain as a main technology for mobile broadband at least for a period of next three years.

Huge cost of spectrum is a reason cited by Ericsson for this slow 4G penetration. According to the study, India is today the most expensive place for spectrum.

Whatsoever, the country lacks on 4G growth when compared to its neighboring competing country China and it is a speculating growth for India when it comes to 4G.

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July 16, 2015 7:55 pm 7:55 PM

Its simply the pricing problems from the operators they are never stable with there prices and rural areas can not afford these prices if the price goes down then everyone will buy Internet plans

Joseph John
July 16, 2015 5:49 pm 5:49 PM

Huge cost of spectrum is a reason cited by Ericsson for this slow 4G penetration. According to the study, India is today the most expensive place for spectrum.

There lies the point.There is no point in blaming network providers of India for their costly services.The govt is looting Indian people in the name of spectrum auction,and we keep on blaming the service providers.
The Govt networks (BSNL and MTNL) are so pathetic that even though they are cheaper, Indians are not prefering them.

Acha Din will remain as a dream untill the govt stops looting people in the name of spectrum auction.

July 18, 2015 9:44 pm 9:44 PM
I am not commenting upon the problems you wrote about BSNL,because it varies from place to place, not a problem I face. On coming to decrease in subscriber base of BSNL Kerala,let me tell you one thing. Kerala has the largest number of educated persons than any other states in India. The persons who takes BSNL will be an educated one to fill an application form in telephone exchange. And majority of them are migrant due to their job structure. Thus in this migrants lies the cause of that loss in BSNL customers. Yeah…you use airtel,that’s a good thing for… Read more »
Joseph John
July 19, 2015 12:07 pm 12:07 PM

Around 60% of the so called educated Keralites prefer AVOID networks while BSNL .From this statistics,the picture is crystal clear brother.

and who told you i am using Airtel??..I am an Idea cellular customer.
All your posts are just your assumptions and beliefs. 😀

July 19, 2015 6:10 pm 6:10 PM

@Joseph: just wait man,let BSNL completes the installation of 2000 3G towers in Kerala,then u will be the first one to port into BSNL,i know that….!!!!!

Madhan Kumar
July 16, 2015 6:34 pm 6:34 PM

@Joseph John: You’re such a typical guy,Bsnl is the best ever operator in Kerala and majority of keralities are mainly using Bsnl and u are favouring Avoid grp,man u are a real genius!

July 18, 2015 9:20 am 9:20 AM

I can’t believe that bsnl can ever provide good services unless it is privatized. Job security is inversely proportional to quality of service !

July 16, 2015 10:31 pm 10:31 PM

@Madhan Kumar –

… im ROFL (Rolling On Floor Laughing) !!!

>> Bsnl is the best ever operator in Kerala
>> majority of keralities are mainly using Bsnl
he has done a community-wise mapping of the cellular user’s data in KL, living in HOSUR !!!

July 19, 2015 11:16 am 11:16 AM

@Duane:Mr. Madhan’s second point,’majority of Keralites use BSNL’ is somewhat true. BSNL is no.1 preferred network for family connections in Kerala.

July 17, 2015 4:23 pm 4:23 PM

yes… you are just promoting here airtel……. lol on ur rofl….

Joseph John
July 16, 2015 8:15 pm 8:15 PM
Mr Madhan Kumar,first get your facts right. Majority of the Keralites are using Idea cellular followed by Vodafone. If you have any doubt regarding this just confirm it by visiting coai or trai official websites. BSNL service is too bad compared to other private operators in kerala..Frequent call drops,auto disconnection problem in 3G network,poor 3G speeds etc..the list goes on…i myself had a bsnl connection and was fed up with the above mentioned problems and disconnected the connection.I will never take a bsnl connection again in my life.What is use of cheap tariffs if you are not able to use… Read more »
July 16, 2015 10:29 pm 10:29 PM

Have got no issues so far on BSNL. Quality is improving day by day.. I’ve been using it for ~3 years now..

Joseph John
July 18, 2015 8:40 am 8:40 AM
I took a BSNL connection last year and was forced to throw away that sim..:x I am working in Kottayam nd even now i find to difficult to connect to my friends who are bsnl customers and having full signal strength…I get responses like “this no does not exist”,”this no is switched off etc” 😀 I dont about the present condition of their data network in my place..But last year i couldnt download anything even for 10 mins due to autodisconnection problem. This retailer shop owners tild me that this is a common problem in bsnl network in this region.… Read more »
July 16, 2015 10:25 pm 10:25 PM

“Frequent call drops,auto disconnection problem in 3G network,poor 3G speeds etc”?????? I never see it ,after migration to Trichy network,all this problem had sorted out. The only problem I see with BSNL is that their 3G coverage is limited to only cities and towns. Rest of the problem you gassed upon or it’s only an area specific problem. The number of Bengali workers in Kerala gives the answer for that increase in private operators connections.

Joseph John
July 18, 2015 8:27 am 8:27 AM

///The number of Bengali workers in Kerala gives the answer for that increase in private operators connections.////

@ Mathew

LOL….Joke of the year….

There are around 200+ lakhs customers for Idea+Vodafone+Airtel in kerala against 60+ lakhs customer base of BSNL..moreover bsnl have been loosing customers in large numbers in kerala in the past few months..earlier they had more than 70 lakhs customers and was in 2nd position in kerala…now Vodafone overtook BSNL nd is pushed to 3rd spot ..and you are saying all this is due to Bengali workers in Kerala…ROFL……!!!

July 16, 2015 7:06 pm 7:06 PM

Ache Din For “Pvt Operators coming” not for public sector . This is 200% correct that it is suit buit ki sarkaar

July 16, 2015 1:48 pm 1:48 PM

I still don’t know how you guys manage with AVOID s internet pack. For the first time I am away from any WI-FI connection s,now completely depending upon BSNL 3G data,within 2 days my 1 GB is over ,now there remain another 1 GB. I don’t think it will last for a week even though BSNL gave me 2 GB for 60 days @ Rs 297. I think 68 plan suits me better.