Vietel gets go ahead for fourth GSM network

12 Mar 2004

A telecoms company run by Vietnam’s Army, the Army Electronic and Telecommunications Company (Vietel), says it hopes to launch the country’s fourth mobile service this year, having been given the final seal of approval by the government. Vietel has already deployed a trial network in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City and since last October has been piloting the service among its staff. Its ultimate aim is to expand the network to cover all 64 of Vietnam’s provinces. Vietnam is currently home to three wireless operators, Vinaphone, Mobiphone and Saigon Postel (S-Fone), which together boast around three million users. A fourth player, Hanoi Telecom’s Cityphone unit, offers a PHS service but has also applied for a full licence.