Vietnam to get 3G in 2007?

10 Jan 2007

Vietnam’s two state-owned cellcos, Vinaphone and MobiFone, are both confident about launching commercial 3G services during 2007, and are reported to be collating proposals to submit to the Ministry of Post and Telematics (MPT) next month. Vinaphone is keen to test the technology during the summer prior to a launch before the year end, while MobiFone has already completed a two-year 3G pilot and also expects to deploy services before 2008.

Demand, and therefore revenue potential, for 3G technology is low in Vietnam, but Nghiem Phu Hoan, spokesman for the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), which owns both cellcos, said that both wished to drive technology forward and satisfy all their customers. Any deployment plans will depend on the MPT defining frequencies and licensing terms for 3G services; the MPT is drafting policy in this area, and is expected to complete the task once proposals have been received from the operators.