China Mobile's 10M iPhones

10:10 AM -- China Mobile Communications Corp. Chairman Wang Jianzhou reportedly told Reuters that there are 10 million iPhone users on his mobile network, which is an impressive number considering that the operator does not even have an agreement with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) to sell the devices.

Only China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) is an official supplier for iPhones in China. (See iPhone Heads to China.)

Wang, who made the comments on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's Telecom World 2011 event in Geneva, also said that Apple has promised to include TD-LTE support -- China Mobile's Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) -- when it launches an LTE-compatible iPhone. (See Apple to Support China Mobile's LTE?)

He also gave an address at the event's Opening Ceremony on Tuesday morning, which was webcast, and referenced the ITU's "significant contribution to broadband development."

As for China Mobile's own developments, Wang said that the operator now has more than 630 million subscribers; it is seeing "positive results" from its TD-LTE trials in six cities; and it views machine-to-machine (M2M) services as a "new growth driver."

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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