BEIJING, Apr. 12 -- China's 3G user base is expected to hit 150 million by 2011 as the country expands the use of the technology, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
By 2011, investment in 3G networks will hit RMB 400 billion, and the number of 3G base stations will exceed 400,000 and cover all cities above prefecture level, MIIT said Thursday on its website.
Last January, the Chinese government issued 3G licenses to its three mobile carriers.
China Mobile Ltd, the country's largest telecom operator, was authorized to offer 3G services based on the home-grown TD-SCDMA standard. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd was allowed to launch 3G services based on Europe's WCDMA standards. China Telecom Corp Ltd, the smallest telecom firm, runs 3G services based the U.S.-developed CDMA2000 standard.
By February, the country had 16.06 million 3G subscribers, and investment in 3G networks had reached RMB 160 billion, the ministry said.
In addition, the country plans to invest RMB 150 billion in optical fiber networks in the next three years to bring broadband to 50 million new users.