| HONG KONG, April 20
HONG KONG, April 20 China Mobile Ltd,
the country's largest telecoms network operator, said on
Thursday its first-quarter profit was up by 3.7 percent due to
demand for its 4G mobile broadband service.
The company said in a statement that profit for the
January-March period rose to 24.8 billion yuan ($3.6 billion)
on revenue also up 3.7 percent at 184 billion yuan.
It added 33.04 million 4G subscribers in the period, the
company said, bringing its 4G customer base to 568 million. Data
traffic grew rapidly, with handset data traffic up 101 percent
compared with a year ago while voice traffic dropped by 7
Its total number of mobile subscribers rose to 856 million,
from 849 million a year ago. Average revenue per user per month
rose 1.6 percent to 58.5 yuan.
($1 = 6.8828 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Greg Mahlich)