Top 10 Q1 2016China is now 1/3rd of the broadband Internet. Over 240M are now connected by fiber home. The 3M added by CM in June was more than the entire rest of the world. It surpassed the previously monthly record, 2.65M at CM in March. China Telecom added 590,000, China Unicom 250,000, and China Mobile 3,189,000, for a total net gain over 4M.  

China Telecom's landline broadband total is 118M, Unicom 74M and Mobile 66M. Add about 20M for the smaller operators and the total is 278M. That's more than the EU 28 (166M) combined with the U.S. (103M). Nearly all are on fiber home or fiber/DSL. In two years, almost 100M have shifted from pure DSL to fiber.

LTE in China in July reached 600M LTE subscriptions.

End of June, China Mobile had 428M LTE subscriptions, China Telecom 90M, and China Unicom 72M. Adding 2G and 3G subscriptions, China has more than a billion mobiles. If current growth continues, China will have over 800M LTE subscriptions at the end of the year. (larger image below) 

The Chinese networks are built to handle this volume. China Mobile has 1,000,000 cell sites with another 100,000 on the way. The towers of the three companies are being combined into one company, planning an IPO in 2017. See China tower sharing: One network to rule them all 

By 2018, half the Internet will be Asian.

China figures from the company websites, others from the excellent Point-Topic service. 

Bein Perez was the first to report the June figures in English.

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