China Telecom says first-quarter profit up 4.5 pct

HONG KONG, April 27 (Reuters) - Chinese state-owned

telecommunications network operator China Telecom Corp Ltd

on Thursday said net profit rose 4.5 percent in the

first quarter due to growth in 4G users and mobile service

revenues.

Profit rose to 5.3 billion yuan ($768.54 million) for the

January to March quarter, compared with 5.12 billion yuan a year

ago.

Operating revenue rose 5.8 percent to 91.4 billion yuan,

from 86.43 billion yuan a year ago.

($1 = 6.8962 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)