China introduced 3G network in May 2008 and after three years the country is seeing a major growth in the number of 3G users. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) there were more than 50 million 3G users in China and the ministry expects the number to grow up to 150 million by the end of 2011.
According to the statistics of China Mobile, the largest network carrier in the region, in January it had 22.6 million 3G users in January. The carrier is expected to active 12.2 million 3G cell phones this year. With the potential of mobile apps and app stores, the carrier also launched its own app store called Mobile Market.
China Unicom is reported to have 15.47 million 3G subscribers in January. On February 24, 2011, the carrier said that the number of its 3G subscribers increased by 27.6 percent to 2.34 million in January 2011 compared to December. It will also launch its new line of 3G cell phones called Wophone. The carrier will launch its own store on February 28, 2011. The apps would run on Google Android OS.
China Telecom, another Chinese telecom giant said that it will launch Apple iPhone 4 in the region and offer “customized services” to establish itself in the youth market. In January 2011, the carrier had 13.64 million 3G subscribers.