Three more cellcos to enter wireless market

23 Jun 2009

Local online news source VietNamNet Bridge writes that three more mobile service providers are preparing to enter Vietnam’s wireless market as part of the country’s commitment to open its telecoms sector under its membership to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). According to the report, GTel Telecom, a 60/40 joint venture between state-owned Global Telecom Corporation (GTel) and Russian telecoms group VimpelCom, state-run Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), and local company Dong Duong all plan to operate third generation services over the network of one of the market’s established cellcos. GTel has reportedly completed discussions with local operator Vinaphone to launch services under the Beeline banner, while VTC and Dong Duong are still seeking partners with which they can share network infrastructure and wireless frequency bands. According to CommsUpdate, the Vietnamese government granted permission to GTel, which is currently rolling out a GSM/EDGE network in north and central Vietnam, to cooperate with Vinaphone to build a 3G network and provide the relevant services in April 2009, while the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) approved the other two companies’ applications to provide mobile services later in the same month.

Vietnam, GTel Mobile (Gmobile), Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), Vinaphone