Subscriber figures overstated say observers

11 Sep 2006

While Vietnam’s cellcos collectively claim to have 17 million subscribers, industry watchers from the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT) say the real figure for active accounts is no more than eleven million. The VNPT reported that at the end of July only 3.7 million of MobiFone’s reported five million subscribers were active. The Ministry of Post and Telematics (MPT) has said it was preparing regulations to ensure telecoms companies report business activities accurately. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms reported an estimated 12.1 million subscribers nationwide at the end of March 2006, a figure that had grown from 10.5 million in three months.