Hanoi and Hutch hand Nortel nationwide CDMA contract

18 Jul 2005

Vietnamese operator Hanoi Telecom has contracted Nortel Networks to build out its CDMA2000 1x network across Vietnam, aiming to provide wireless broadband services to every province in the country. Hanoi, which partners Hong Kong-owned Hutchison Telecommunications, plans to incorporate CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology in selected areas to compete with wireline broadband operators. The new agreement follows a Business Cooperation Contract (BCC) signed by Hutchison and Hanoi in July 2004 to build and operate a nationwide CDMA2000 network, and includes the installation of CDMA2000 1x radio base stations, base station controllers, switching platforms and related infrastructure, as well as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO equipment where required. The 50/50 joint venture plans to launch in October 2005, and intends to extend broadband data services nationwide in early 2006; it is aiming to win a 20% share of the mobile market within three years and sign up 2.9 million subscribers within ten.