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China adds 23.88 mln 4G users in Mar.

2015-04-20 GMT+8:00

BEIJING, Apr. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's telecom industry recorded a net increase of about 23.88 million 4G users in March, with the total reaching 161.93 million, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) stated at its website last Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of 3G users decreased 9.61 million, to 475.9 million in total.

Previously, the ministry predicted the number of 4G users will exceed 80 million by the end of this year.

The number of mobile broadband users, including 3G users and 4G users, totaled about 640 million at the end of March. The penetration rate in all mobile phone users was 49.3 percent, up four percentage points year on year.

In the first quarter, China's mobile phone user number added 7.87 million, to 1.29 billion in total. The number of fixed-line broadband users increased 3.41 million in the three months, to about 203.9 million in total.   (Edited by Li Xiaoyu,