SHANGHAI -- Mobile World Congress Shanghai -- Following an intense few years of LTE infrastructure investment, China Mobile CEO, Li Yue, listed his company's 4G accomplishments here in Shanghai Wednesday.
He also pointed out that while data traffic on China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL)'s network had gone up 131% since 2011, the per unit data tariff was down by 43% over the same period. He anticipates that data rates will continue to rise to 10 Gbit/s by 2020. He expects to launch 5G services in 2020, and once it gets widely rolled out, offer speeds up to 20 Gbit/s.
Yue also stressed that the overall number of mobile connections was growing dramatically, from 1 billion connections in China today to a projected 10 billion in 2020. This tenfold increase would also occur worldwide, with global mobile connections growing from 5 billion today to 50 billion in 2020.
Yue focused his presentation on his company's 4G successes rather than offer up a big vision for the future. But he did mention cloud computing, big data and open source as key technologies that would drive future growth. He also emphasized customer-centricity, stating that only easily accessible, customer-centric organizations that offer excellent customer experiences and respond rapidly to customer issues would be successful in the long term.
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