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China Telecom Sector Growth Forecast

China's Ministry Of Information Industry (MII) macro-planning vice director Zhang Chunlin said on Thursday that revenues generated by China's telecom industry will increase ten percent year on year to 640 billion Yuan 2006, ChinaByte reports.

Zhang said that fixed asset investment in the telecom industry is expected to hit 200 billion Yuan in 2006 and mobile phone and fixed line phone users in China will hit 440 million and 380 million subscribers, respectively, by the end of 2006.

Chinese mobile phone users sent 274.3 billion SMS messages from January through November 2005, up 40 percent from the same period in 2004, according to recent statistics from China's Ministry Of Information Industry (MII). MII said that China had 738 million total telephone users through the end of November, including 388 million mobile users.

From January to November 2005, China added 53.3 million new handset users and 39 million fixed line users. Handset penetration has reached 29 percent and fixed line phone penetration has reached 26.6 percent, said the report.

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