China Unicom is the incumbent fixed-line operator in 10 northern Chinese provinces, as well as the second-largest wireless operator nationwide. It is the only operator whose networks are based on the global GSM/WCDMA standard. At the end of 2016, it had 264 million billing wireless customers, of which 105 million were 4G customers. The firm also had 75 million broadband subscribers, of which around 54 million were fibre-to-the-home subscribers.
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