China LTE growth stalls as focus turns to 5G

China’s two largest mobile operators shed nearly 1 million 4G subscribers in January, as customer migrations to 5G services accelerated.

Operating figures for the month released by the operators yesterday (20 February) showed China Mobile ended January with 757.8 million, down by 170,000 from end-December, while China Telecom’s 4G users fell by 660,000 to 280.6 million. In contrast, China Unicom added 1.3 million LTE subscribers.

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