BEIJING (AP) - China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three main state-owned carriers, says its profit rose 11.8 percent in the first half of the year as its Internet and mobile data businesses grew.

BEIJING (AP) China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three main state-owned carriers, says its profit rose 11.8 percent in the first half of the year as its Internet and mobile data businesses grew.

The Beijing-based company said Wednesday it earned 11.4 billion yuan ($1.9 billion), or 0.14 yuan (2 U.S. cents) per share, in the six months ended June 30. Revenue rose 5.3 percent to 165.9 billion yuan ($27.2 billion).

Profits for China's state-owned phone industry have been squeezed by intense competition and the costs of rolling out fourth-generation service.

China Telecom said its total number of mobile subscribers declined by 3 percent to 180 million but mobile data usage rose 30 percent. Revenue for the company's Internet data centers also rose 30 percent.