HT Mobile may sell CDMA network

17 Jan 2008

Rumours have emerged that HT Mobile will sell its CDMA network to S-Fone or EVN Telecom, which also operate CDMA networks in Vietnam. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang recently confirmed that HT Mobile asked his ministry’s permission to switch its network to GSM technology, but stopped short of submitting any detailed plans. Thang said the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is not concerned with controlling operators in terms of technology, and cellcos are free to choose the best technology based on their own ability. Industry-watchers believe it will be costly and time-consuming to switch from CDMA to GSM.

S-Fone managing director Ho Hong Son said his company and HT Mobile are negotiating an infrastructure sharing agreement because the two networks use the same technology and frequency. ‘We have not received any proposal from HT Mobile but S-Fone is willing to cooperate with HT Mobile to take advantage of this CDMA network,’ said Son.

In a recent report sent to the MIC, HT Mobile said it had around 200,000 subscribers by the end of 2007. When it launched in January 2007, it said it was targetting a million by the year-end. HT Mobile halted investment in its infrastructure in September.

Vietnam, EVN Telecom, S-Telecom (S-Fone), Vietnamobile