Finnish telecoms equipment supplier Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has been selected by Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone to expand the cellco’s capacity for its core network. The expansion project will allow Vinaphone to provide 3G-enabled mobile broadband services to over five million of its subscribers. ‘While mobile data delivery is still in its formative stage, the country’s rapidly growing youth market is driving the demand for cutting edge services,’ noted Hoang Trung Hai, standing deputy director at Vinaphone, adding, ‘All eyes are on 3G to unleash the power of high speed data delivery on users’ handsets and we want to be at the forefront of this revolution.’ Under the contract, NSN will deploy its packet core solutions covering a full range of services including project management, network planning, implementation, and competence development services and support during the warranty period. It will also modernise Vinaphone’s existing 2G radio access network for 3G rollout.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vinaphone was awarded a licence to operate 3G services by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in April 2009, along with Viettel, MobiFone and a consortium between EVN Telecom and Hanoi Telecom. In October 2009 Vinaphone became the first cellco to launch third generation services; both Viettel and MobiFone have set an official 3G launch date of December.