Government says yes to WiMAX

27 Feb 2006

The Vietnamese government has given the green light for the launch of a pilot WiMAX project in Vietnam. Last week the Ministry of Posts and Telematics (MPT) granted approval for three service providers – Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT), The Corporation for Financing and Promoting Technology (FPT) and Vietnam Television, Technology, Investment and Development Company (VTC) – to launch the pilot project, which it hopes will encourage development in the country’s telecom and internet markets. The MPT is also considering a plan to commercialise WiMAX for established mobile and fixed line operators in the 2.3GHz – 3.3GHz band. VNPT has already submitted its plans for the project to the regulator, offering services in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Xity and Danang with a capacity of 10Mbps – 100Mbps. The government said that each WiMAX base station will enable high-speed internet connection between homes and businesses over a radius of up to 50km.

In a separate story, The MPT has forecast that Vietnam’s mobile market will see growth of 150% in 2006. The regulator said it expects to see around seven million new customers sign up to mobile networks during 2006, to take the country’s total to 15.8 million.

Vietnam, VNPT-Vinaphone