The Mobile Economy China 2022


people were subscribed to mobile services in 2021. This is 83% of the region’s population.


of connections in China will be 5G by 2025. Between 2020-2025 88% of operator capex will be invested in 5G equivalent to $116.16bn


in operator revenues by 2025, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 2.0%, reversing a negative trend during 2014–2019.

Mobile continues to make significant contributions to China’s economy. In 2021, mobile technologies and services generated 5.6% of GDP in the region, a contribution that amounted to nearly $900 billion of economic value added. The mobile ecosystem also supported approximately 6 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made a substantial contribution to the funding of the public sector, with around $100 billion raised through taxation.
As 4G adoption has peaked, 5G take-up in China is gaining momentum, supporting positive top-line trends for mobile operators. Strong 5G demand in mainland China means that it represents the single largest 5G market in the world, with 5G connections accounting for over 75% of the global total at the end of 2021.
Digital connectivity and services will play a fundamental role in a post-pandemic world, enabling innovative business models for enterprises and new experiences for consumers. Recognising the opportunity that digital advancement can bring to society, authorities in China has taken steps to implement enabling policies for cost-effective infrastructure deployment. In January 2022, the MIIT revealed that operators in mainland China had launched more than 1.4 million 5G base stations, and it has set an ambitious plan to triple the number of 5G base stations to 3.64 million by the end of 2025.

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