The number of mobile phone users was 986 million in 2011, with a year-on-year increase of 14.81 percent, according to a study by Analysys International. 3G users were 128 million. The penetration rate of mobile phone was over 70 percent and penetration rate of 3G was 13 percent. The growth of mobile phone users will slow down. It will reach 1,111 million in this year. The popularity of smartphone and demands for bandwidth required by mobile internet will accelerate the transition that 2G mobile phone users move to 3G networks. It is predicted that user group of 3G will develop in this year and the number might exceed 300 million and the penetration rate of 3G may exceed a quarter.
Source: Telecom Paper.