Apple's iPhone has been very, very good to the world's largest mobile operator.

On Thursday, China Mobile announced that it added a large number of new iPhone users in February following the late January introduction of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to Chinese consumers.

China Mobile Chief Executive Li Yue reveals that a majority of customers accessing its young 4G network are iPhone owners.

"We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities," China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua told The Wall Street Journal.

The comment came hours after the world's largest mobile carrier reported its first decline in annual earnings in more than a decade, as the Chinese company boosted network investments and handset subsidies to battle stiff competition.
Most industry analysts project that China Mobile will be responsible for upping Apple's global iPhone shipments this year by somewhere between 15 million and 30 million units.

Source: WSJ