China Telecom has become the country's second operator to offer TD-LTE services after switching on its network in 100 cities.
Prices start from 70 yuan ($11.54) per month for 1 GB of data and reach up to 280 yuan per month for 10 GB of data, reported Xinhua late last week.
China Telecom is initially offering just 4G data cards rather than smartphones because it argues that data cards are more mature products.
"For example, people travelling on business with laptops have a bigger need for high-speed 4G services," said China Telecom spokesman Liao Hongxiang, in Xinhua's report.
While that may be the case, IHS Technology in early February predicted that 4G smartphone shipments in China will surge to 72.4 million this year from 4.6 million in 2013. The research firm expects annual volumes to reach 298.5 million by 2017.
China Telecom also has its work cut out chasing China Mobile, which launched 4G services in mid December. By the end of 2013 its network covered 16 cities and by the end of 2014 it aims to cover 340.
China Mobile is also the first operator in the world to offer a TD-LTE version of the iPhone. While China Telecom and China Unicom both sell Apple smartphones, they currently only offer the 3G variants.