S-Telecom selects WiderThan to operate VAS

19 Feb 2007

Vietnamese-Korean joint venture S-Telecom, which operates a CDMA2000 1x cellular network in Vietnam under the banner S-Fone, has inked an agreement with digital entertainment firm WiderThan to operate and manage the former’s value added services (VAS). The deal will see S-Fone offering a broad range of mobile entertainment such as ringtones, music- and video-on-demand, games, graphics and news services. The cellco announced in 2006 that by mid-2007 it hoped to have expanded its network reach nationwide, with an upgrade to 1xEV-DO in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. It ended 2006 with an estimated two million subscribers.