The Ministry of Post and Telematics of Vietnam has awarded FPT Telecom a licence to operate a nationwide wireline service. The service will be based on a next generation network (NGN) and will allow high speed broadband and TV over internet protocol (IPTV). FPT, which already provides ADSL to around 200,000 customers, has said that by the end of 2007 it wants to have 250,000 subscribers to the new service across ten provinces.
Meanwhile EVN Telecom has upgraded its CDMA2000 1x fixed wireless access (FWA) network to EV-DO, which will allow users high speed internet access via their handsets. At the end of 2005 EVN’s network covered 64 provinces and cities and has been improved during 2006 with the addition of 500 new base transmitter stations.