Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has awarded a licence to Indochina Telecom, allowing the operator to provide mobile services without being granted wireless frequencies, writes VietNamNet. Indochina will share 3G network facilities with military-owned cellco Viettel, one of the country’s seven mobile network operators. Indochina’s chairman, Pham Danh Tu, said: ‘The biggest challenge for Indochina Telecom is that we are the newcomer and start from zero. Even the MVNO model is a trial,’ while deputy minister at the MIC, Le Nam Thang, added: ‘This is a new model and an experiment in terms of policy of the MIC. To make the trial successful, besides Indochina Telecom’s efforts, we need cooperation from other businesses.’ Indochina plans to start offering mobile services in the first quarter of 2010.