No room for any more 2G operators

8 Apr 2005

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Post and Telecoms, the country has run out of available frequency bands for new 2G and 2.5G mobile phone networks. The Ministry says, however, that there is space for four UMTS (3G) networks. Vietnam has six mobile licence holders – MobiFone, VinaPhone, S-Telecom (S-Fone), Hanoi Telecom, Viettel and Hutchison. Last month Hutchison, in partnership with Hanoi Telecom, was granted a licence for a CDMA2000 network, and intends to become the country’s first 3G provider in Q2 2005.