Vietnam’s EVN Telecom, a subsidiary of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), has been given the go ahead to develop a 3G CDMA mobile network in the 1900MHz frequency band, writes local newspaper the Thanh Nien Daily. The operator could also be given concessions to develop WiMAX-related and/or fixed line services, pending the outcome and recommendations of a feasibility report, currently being put together for the government by the telecoms ministry.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, EVN Telecom (formerly VP Telecom) is the largest CDMA fixed wireless service provider in Vietnam. It offers fixed wireless telephony (E-Com), inter-provincial mobile phone (E-Phone) and mobile phone (E-Mobile) services nationally over its 450MHz CDMA2000 1x network. EVN Telecom’s network – in its entirety – covers 64 provinces and cities with around 500 base transceiver stations (BTSs) at the end of 2005; a further 500 BTSs were scheduled to be in place by the end of 2006.