Hutchison Telecom has announced that its Vietnamese subsidiary, Vietnamobile (formerly known as HT Mobile), will launch GSM services on 9 April. The new cellco is a partnership between Hutchison Telecom and Hanoi Telecom Company (HTC), and will have initial coverage of 64 provinces in Vietnam. Dennis Lui, CEO of Hutchison Telecom, said: ‘The launch of Vietnamobile completes Hutchison Telecom’s strategic step of relaunching the operation with GSM technology. This positions the operation to compete more effectively in Vietnam and better tap the potential of one of the highest growth mobile markets in the region.’
HTC launched a CDMA network in January 2007, but started a switchover to an Ericsson based GSM platform in April 2008 in cooperation with Hutchison Telecom. HTC’s subscribers were temporarily migrated to the CDMA network of rival cellco S-Fone and will now be required to switch to GSM once Vietnamobile coverage matches that offered by the CDMA network.