China Telecom says first-quarter profit rises 4.5 pct on 4G growth

* Jan-March profit at 5.3 bln yuan vs 5.12 bln yuan year

prior

* Operating revenue rises 5.8 pct

* Mobile subscribers reach 222 mln including 138 mln on 4G

(Adds subscriber figures, context)

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 users of its fourth-generation

network (4G) and mobile service revenue.

Profit reached 5.3 billion yuan ($768.54 million) in

January-March, compared with 5.12 billion yuan a year earlier.

Operating revenue rose 5.8 percent to 91.4 billion yuan.

The firm is China's largest fixed-line service provider and

the smallest among the three state-owned telcos in the mobile

business.

China Telecom said its mobile subscribers grew to 222

million in the quarter, including 138 million customers for its

4G mobile network.

China's state-owned telcos are bracing for revenue pressure

this year after the government asked them to lower tariffs.

($1 = 6.8962 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

and Christopher Cushing)