NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- China Mobile ( CHL), the world's No. 1 mobile operator by users, said profit in 2009 rose 2.3% to 115.2 billion yuan ($16.88 billion) as margins increased 25.5%. Revenue increased 9.8% to 452.1 billion yuan. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 5.9% to 229 billion yuan. "Underpinned by its solid capital structure and strong financial position, the group is well-positioned to achieve continued healthy growth and to effectively safeguard against operational risks," China Mobile said in a statement Thursday. China Mobile said its total customer base at the end of 2009 reached 522 million, of which 65.03 million were net additions. -- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.