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Telecom Sector Reports 4% Rise in Main Business Revenue in 2009

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China's telecommunication industry reported 842.43 billion yuan (US$123 billion) in main business revenue in 2009, up 3.9 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Thursday.

Wireless telecommunications contributed 60.43 percent of the revenue, while 27.77 percent of the revenue was from fixed-line business and 11.8 percent from data communications, according to a report on the ministry's website.

The number of new mobile phone subscribers in 2009 surpassed 106 million, bringing total subscriber number to 747 million, said the report.

Meanwhile the number of fixed-line subscribers dropped by nearly 27 million in 2009, taking the total number down to 313.68 million by the end of the year.

(Xinhua News Agency January 22, 2010)