Motorola to expand Vinaphone’s GSM network

18 Jan 2010

Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone, a subsidiary of state-owned telecoms group Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT), has contracted US equipment supplier Motorola to expand its GSM network, Viet Nam News reports. Under the agreement, Motorola will deploy an additional 3,000 base station transceivers in the next two years to expand the cellco’s 2G coverage and increase capacity in the country’s southern and northern provinces, including the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. ‘With a strong relationship stretching back some twelve years, we are very pleased to continue our long-term cooperation with Vinaphone and to be able to ensure mobile users in Vietnam continual access to high quality mobile services,’ commented Ray Owen, general director of Motorola Vietnam, adding, ‘The new deployment will extend coverage and increase the capacity of Vinaphone’s GSM network, meeting the rapidly growing demand for mobile communications services in the country.’

In a separate story, Hanoi Moi reports that Vinaphone added ten million mobile subscribers during 2009, bringing its total customer base to 26.7 million. The company expects subscriber growth to slow to around five million during 2010.

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