China Mobile, which remains the world’s biggest mobile carrier with its 788 million subscribers, will likely send a thank-you note to Apple in the very near future.
According to published reports out of Asia ahead of the weekend, strong iPhone sales are mostly responsible for accelerating 4G LTE adoption across China.
As of this writing, approximately half of the 2.8 million 4G LTE subscribers on China Mobile are iPhone owners.
This is particularly impressive considering that Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have not even been available on China Mobile for six months.
Nonetheless, says China Mobile CEO Li, Apple’s iPhone has become the preferred smartphone for Chinese customers, many of whom are quickly upgrading older devices to more modern handsets.
China Mobile is yet to reveal how many 3G subscribers are currently using iPhones.