Operators lobby for introduction of minimum tariffs

22 Jan 2010

State-owned telecoms group Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) and Vietnamese military-owned company Viettel have requested that the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) establish a minimum tariff rate of VND800 (USD0.045) per minute for mobile calls, local news source VNA reports. The pair also asked the ministry to ban sales promotions offering subscribers more than 50% off the credit they purchase, fearing the escalation of a price war between mobile operators. According to the report, Minister Le Doan Hop said the MIC would consider the proposal.

Meanwhile, VietNamNet Bridge reports that not only Viettel, as previously reported, but also MobiFone and Vinaphone will distribute Apple’s iPhone in Vietnam in the next few months. The trio are set to announce a timeframe for release and price plans in the near future.