Earlier this week Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) announced at a meeting with mobile operators that the country’s three largest cellcos – MobiFone, Viettel and Vinaphone – currently have a total of seven million 3G subscribers between them, VietNamNet Bridge reports. The figure is around half the number touted by wireless operators in March this year. According to deputy director of the MIC’s Telecommunication Department, Nguyen Xuan Tru, state-owned cellco MobiFone has the lion’s share of 3G subscribers, at four million, while military-owned operator Viettel and Vinaphone, the mobile division of incumbent telco VNPT, have 1.5 million 3G customers apiece. In March 2010 MobiFone claimed to have nearly six million 3G customers, while Vinaphone said it had seven million. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vinaphone was the first to launch third-generation services, in October 2009, followed by MobiFone two months later, Viettel in March 2010 and state-owned EVN Telecom last month. All four were awarded their 3G licences by the MIC in April 2009.