Motorola has announced it has been awarded a contract by Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone to deploy a 3G network in northern Vietnam and parts of Hanoi. Over the next twelve months, Motorola will upgrade the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) subsidiary’s GSM network with 3G radio access network equipment to bring high speed mobile data services to Vinaphone’s subscribers, with the hope that the operator will strengthen its position in the market. ‘Motorola has successfully competed in an open tender to win the key northern areas of Vinaphone’s 3G network building upon its successful 2G deployments with Vinaphone,’ said Hoang Trung Hai, standing deputy MD of Vinaphone, adding, ‘The key city area of Hanoi is a very important commercial focus for Vinaphone and we are pleased to have signed a contract with Motorola to bring 3G service to the capital city in northern provinces of Vietnam.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Motorola and Vinaphone signed a contract to expand and enhance the cellco’s GSM network in major cities including Hanoi and HCM City in December 2007. A USD28 million contract followed in June 2008 to expand coverage by deploying more than 1,000 cell sites in twelve northern provinces. Motorola supplied GSM infrastructure and network optimisation and maintenance to expand Vinaphone’s network and services in suburban and rural areas.