MIC awards four 3G licences

2 Apr 2009

According to VietnamNet, Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has awarded licences to operate third-generation mobile services to military-run Viettel Telecom, Vinaphone and MobiFone, which are both run by state telco Vietnam Posts and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), and a consortium between EVN Telecom and Hanoi Telecom, which will build and develop a 3G network together. The quartet has been given three months to develop 3G wireless services under the 15-year licences.

According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the MIC received seven applications for 3G network licences in February. Applications were submitted by Viettel, MobiFone, Saigon Postel, GTel, and VinaPhone, while EVN Telecom and HT Mobile submitted a joint application.