VietNamNet Bridge reports that the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has licenced four Vietnamese telcos, FPT Telecom, EVN Telecom, Viettel and Vietnam Post and Telecoms (VNPT), to test mobile WiMAX for one year. According to the temporary licences granted by the MIC, FPT Telecom, EVN Telecom and Viettel can all use allocations in the 2.3GHz-2.4GHz frequency band while VNPT is permitted to use a block in the 2.5GHz range. Geographically, FPT will be experimenting with the technology in Hanoi and Hai Phong; EVN in Hanoi and Dong Nai province; Viettel will operate in Hanoi and Thai Nguyen; while VNPT can carry out tests in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in early 2006 the former Ministry of Post and Telematics licensed VNPT, Viettel, FPT and Vietnam Television, Technology, Investment and Development Company (VTC) to test fixed wireless broadband services for one year. The ministry planned to select three providers of fixed wireless broadband services in April 2007, after receiving reports from the four firms. The telcos said the tests were successful but the government did not select the three, saying that commercialising the technology in Vietnam depended on the price of equipment, which at the time was still too high.