Vietnamese state-owned mobile operator Vinaphone is set to launch its 3G network on 15 August of this year, writes VNBusinessNews. The cellco’s network will initially cover the country’s largest cities, accounting for about 20% of Vietnam’s population. At launch, Vinaphone will provide services such as video calling, mobile broadband internet, mobile TV and Video-on-Demand; e-payment and quick search services will follow in the future. The company was awarded its licence to operate 3G services by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in April 2009, along with military-run Viettel Telecom, MobiFone and a consortium between EVN Telecom and Hanoi Telecom, which will build and develop a 3G network together. The quartet were given three months to develop 3G wireless services under the 15-year licences.