Aug. 23, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China Telecom<0728
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The company's operating revenue rose 14.8% YoY to RMB 138.02 billion in the first six months. No interim dividend was proposed.
The telecom carrier saw its number of 3G users surge 40.4% in the period, and the growth rate was higher than the 31% increase of China Mobile Ltd<0941
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The company's capital expenditure rose 22.32% YoY to RMB 25.65 billion in H1.
Meanwhile, China Telecom announced plans to acquire Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) assets from its state-owned parent, China Telecommunications Corp, for RMB 84.6 billion, which is expect to trim costs in the long term.